Raffle definitions

răf'əl
A lottery in which a number of persons buy chances to win a prize.
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Rubbish; debris.
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A lottery in which each participant buys a chance or chances to win a prize.
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To dispose of in a raffle. Often used with off.
verb
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A jumble or tangle, esp. of ropes, canvas, etc. on a ship.
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To conduct or take part in a raffle.
verb
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To take part in a raffle.
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To offer as a prize in a raffle.
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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.

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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.

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A drawing, often held as a fundraiser, in which tickets or chances are sold to win a prize.

He entered a raffle to win a lifetime supply of toothpaste, but he did not win.

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To award something by means of a raffle or random drawing, often used with off.

They raffled off four gift baskets.

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(intransitive) To participate in a raffle.

To raffle for a watch.

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Origin of raffle

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 *hrapōnÄ…, *hrÄ“pōnÄ… (“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").