There are 2 definitions of raffle in English:

raffle1

Line breaks: raf¦fle
Pronunciation: /ˈraf(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 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 raffle
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    lottery, (prize) draw, sweepstake, sweep, tombola, ballot
    British trademark Instants
    North American lotto, numbers game/pool/racket; Australian/New Zealand tote, pakapoo

verb

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  • Offer as a prize in a raffle: a toy polar bear was due to be raffled for the appeal
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a kind of dice game): from Old French, of unknown origin. The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

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There are 2 definitions of raffle in English:

raffle2

Line breaks: raf¦fle
Pronunciation: /ˈraf(ə)l
 
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noun

[mass noun] dialect
  • Rubbish; refuse: the raffle of the yard below

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'rabble, riff-raff'): perhaps from Old French ne rifle ne rafle 'nothing at all'.

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