Definition of tombola in English:

Share this entry

tombola

Pronunciation: /tɒmˈbəʊlə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

British
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with tombola

Angola, barbola, bipolar, bowler, bronchiolar, canola, carambola, circumpolar, coaler, Coca-Cola, cola, comptroller, consoler, controller, Ebola, eidola, extoller, Finola, Gorgonzola, granola, Hispaniola, kola, Lola, lunisolar, mandola, molar, multipolar, Ndola, patroller, payola, pianola, polar, roller, Savonarola, scagliola, scroller, sola, solar, stroller, Tortola, troller, Vignola, viola, Zola

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: tom|bola

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.