Other Word Forms of Martingale
Origin of Martingale
French martingale from Provençal martegalo martingale rigging parts, martingale harness strap, game in which the stakes double after each loss from feminine of martegal person from the town of Martigues in southeast France (the game being so called from the reputation of the people of Martigues for naiveté and extravagance, due to the town's unconventional, isolated location on a canal linking a lagoon to the Mediterranean Sea)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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