- A means of raising money by selling numbered tickets, one or some of which are subsequently drawn at random, the holder or holders of such tickets winning a prize: [as modifier]: a raffle ticket [with modifier]: a charity raffleMore example sentences
- Much of the money was raised through raffles, with wonderful prizes donated by local businesses.
- The voluntary group who need E30,000 every year to keep afloat raise money through raffles, sponsored walks and from donations.
- In the pubs and sports clubs they held raffles to raise money.
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- Offer as a prize in a raffle: a toy polar bear was due to be raffled for the appealMore example sentences
- More seriously they were helping to raise funds for the tsunami appeal, raffling a superb prize donated by Nestlé of a day's motor racing.
- We would like to thank the public and all the business people who gave donations and sponsored some of the wonderful prizes which were raffled on the day.
- The fundraiser received a lot of support from the local traders in Abbeyleix who contributed a wide variety of prizes, which were raffled on the night.
late Middle English (denoting a kind of dice game): from Old French, of unknown origin. The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.