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raffle1

Syllabification: raf·fle
Pronunciation: /ˈrafəl
 
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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.
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.
Synonyms
lottery, lotto, drawing, prize drawing, sweepstake(s)

verb

[with object] (usually be raffled) Back to top  
Offer (something) as a prize in a raffle: a work that will be raffled off for a fine arts scholarship
More 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.

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 main definitions of raffle in English:

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raffle2

Syllabification: raf·fle
Pronunciation: /ˈrafəl
 
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noun

Rubbish; refuse: the raffle of the yard below

Origin

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

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