- a race or other contest for which the prize consists of the stakes contributed by the various competitors.
- the prize itself.
- a lottery in which winning tickets are selected at random, each winning-ticket number then being matched to one of the horses nominated for or entered in a specific race, and the amounts paid the winners being determined by the finishing order of the horses that run.
- lottery(def 2).
- any gambling transaction in which each of a number of persons contributes a stake, and the stakes are awarded to one or several winners.
- a risky venture that promises large rewards: the high-tech sweepstakes.
Origin of sweepstakes
- a sweepstakes.
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Examples from the Web for sweepstakes
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esp US sweepstakes
- a lottery in which the stakes of the participants constitute the prize
- the prize itself
- any event involving a lottery, esp a horse race in which the prize is the competitors' stakes
Often shortened to: sweep
C15: originally referring to someone who sweeps or takes all the stakes in a game
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Word Origin and History for sweepstakes
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