- The definition of a raffle is a contest where each ticket or entry gives someone a chance to win.
An example of a raffle is the contest at the county fair where one ticket is pulled out of a hat to see who wins a prize.
- To raffle is to offer as a prize in a lottery-like competition.
An example of raffle is to offer a handmade blanket as a prize to encourage people to buy tickets for a fundraiser.
A pair of raffle tickets.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English rafle from MFr, dice game, literally , a raking inch(es) from Old High German raffel, a rake, scraper, akin to Old English hreppan, to touch, grasp from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut from source harvest
- raffler noun
Origin: prob. from Fr, a sweeping together, raking in: see raffle
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Origin: Middle English rafle, a game using dice, from Old French, act of seizing, dice game, perhaps of Germanic origin.
- rafˈfler noun
Origin: Probably from French rafle, act of seizing, from Old French; see raffle1.