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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bet
That which is laid, staked, or pledged, as between two parties, upon the event of a contest or any contingent issue; the act of giving such a pledge; a wager.

Etymology: Prob. from OE. abet abetting, OF. abet, fr. abeter to excite, incite. See Abet

verb Bet
To stake or pledge upon the event of a contingent issue; to wager.
(imp. & p. p.) of Beat.
adjective and adverb Bet
An early form of Better.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of gambling ("he did it on a bet")
  2. The money risked on a gamble
  3. Have faith or confidence in ("You can bet on that!")
  4. Maintain with or as if with a bet ("I bet she will be there!")
  5. Stake on the outcome of an issue ("I bet $100 on that new horse")

From 16th century criminal slang, likely from abet or Old English bætan (“to make better”).

  1. A wager, an agreement between two parties that a stake (usually money) will be paid by the loser to the winner (the winner being the one who correctly forecast the outcome of an event).
    Dylan owes Fletcher $30 from an unsuccessful
  2. A degree of certainty.
    It’s a safe that it will rain tomorrow.
    It’s an even that Jim will come top of the maths test tomorrow

From Hebrew בית (béyt)

  1. Alternative form of beth


    bet was also found in the following language(s): Crimean Tatar, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lojban, Middle Dutch, Norwegian Bokmål, Old English, Old Irish, Old Saxon, Spanish, Swedish, Tok Pisin, Vilamovian, and Volapük

    Notable Persons Named Bet

    Bet Lynch is a soap character.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bet

    Aldo Bet is a soccer player for the Inter Milan, A.S. Roma, Hellas Verona F.C., A.C. Milan, History of U.S. Puteolana, and Italy national under-21 football team. Aldo was born on March 26th, 1949 in Mareno di Piave.


    Yelena was born on May 2nd, 1976.


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    Popularity of Bet as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bet U.S.
      White 85.14% 64.26%
      African American 2.86% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.86% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 8.57% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bet

    People with the last name Bet are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Bet

    • How Popular is the name Bet? As a last name Bet was the 102,688th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Bet first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bet is Saturday, March 13th, 1880.
    • How unique is the name Bet? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bet. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Bet: Your name in reverse order is Teb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Teb. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bet? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 175 people with the last name Bet.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bet? Bet is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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