Martingale Definition

The strap of a horse's harness passing from the noseband to the girth between the forelegs, to keep the horse from rearing or throwing back its head.
Webster's New World
A lower stay for the jib boom or flying jib boom of a sailing vessel, to bear the strain of the head stays.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
A method of gambling in which one doubles the stakes after each loss.
American Heritage
A loose half belt or strap placed on the back of a garment, such as a coat or jacket.
American Heritage

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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

  • French martingale

    From Wiktionary

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