The definition of a raffle is a contest where each ticket or entry gives someone a chance to win.(noun)
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.(verb)
An example of raffle is to offer a handmade blanket as a prize to encourage people to buy tickets for a fundraiser.
See raffle in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME rafle < MFr, dice game, lit., a raking in < OHG raffel, a rake, scraper, akin to OE hreppan, to touch, grasp < IE base *(s)ker-, to cut > harvest
Origin: prob. < Fr, a sweeping together, raking in: see raffle
See raffle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English rafle, a game using dice
Origin: , from Old French, act of seizing, dice game
Origin: , perhaps of Germanic origin.
Origin: Probably from French rafle, act of seizing
Origin: , from Old French; see raffle1.
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