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tombola Line breaks: tom|bola
Pronunciation: /tɒmˈbəʊlə/

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Definition of tombola in English:


A game in which people pick tickets out of a revolving drum and certain tickets win immediate prizes, typically played at a fete or fair: entrance includes a tombola and raffle [mass noun]: traditional games such as tombola or bingo
More example sentences
  • The money seems to have been taken from one of the main games like the tombola or raffle.
  • Stalls selling everything from books and bric-a-brac to cakes and crafts will be on the agenda, as well as games, a tombola and a raffle.
  • There were plenty of games, many of which had been made by the children themselves including a coconut shy, ball games and a tombola.


Late 19th century: from French or Italian, from Italian tombolare 'turn a somersault'.

Words that rhyme with tombola

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