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raffles

[ raf-uhlz ]
/ ˈræf əlz /
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noun (often initial capital letter)

a gentlemanly burglar, amateur housebreaker, or the like.

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Origin of raffles

1925–30; after Raffles, hero of The Amateur Cracksman, by E. W. Hornung (1866–1921), English novelist

Definition for raffles (2 of 2)

Raffles
[ raf-uhlz ]
/ ˈræf əlz /

noun

Sir Thomas Stamford, 1781–1826, English colonial administrator in the East Indies.
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British Dictionary definitions for raffles

Raffles
/ (ˈræfəlz) /

noun

Sir Thomas Stamford . 1781–1826, British colonial administrator: founded Singapore (1819) as a station for the British East India Company
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