- 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.
Origin of raffleMiddle English rafle ; from Middle French dice game, literally , a raking in ; 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
Origin of raffleprobably ; from French a sweeping together, raking in: see raffle
verbraf·fled, raf·fling, raf·fles
Origin of raffleMiddle English rafle, a game using dice, from Old French, act of seizing, dice game, perhaps of Germanic origin.
Origin of raffleProbably from French rafle, act of seizing, from Old French; see raffle1.
(third-person singular simple present raffles, present participle raffling, simple past and past participle raffled)
From Middle English rafle, from Old French rafle, raffle (“dice game", also "plundering”), from rafler (“to snatch, seize, carry off”), from Frankish *raffolōn, from Proto-Germanic *hrapōną, *hrēpōną (“to scratch, touch, pluck out, snatch”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreb(h)-, *(s)kerb(h)- (“to turn, bend, shrink”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend”). Cognate with Middle Dutch raffel (“dice game”), German raffen (“to snatch away, sweep off”), Old English hreppan (“to touch, treat, attack”).