- 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 (â€œdice game", also "plunderingâ€), from rafler (â€œto snatch, seize, carry offâ€), from Frankish *raffolÅn, from Proto-Germanic *hrapÅnÄ…, *hrÄ“pÅnÄ… (â€œto scratch, touch, pluck out, snatchâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreb(h)-, *(s)kerb(h)- (â€œto turn, bend, shrinkâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (â€œto turn, bendâ€). Cognate with Middle Dutch raffel (â€œdice gameâ€), German raffen (â€œto snatch away, sweep offâ€), Old English hreppan (â€œto touch, treat, attackâ€).