noun (often initial capital letter)
Origin of raffles
verb (used with object), raf·fled, raf·fling.
verb (used without object), raf·fled, raf·fling.
Origin of raffle1
Origin of raffle2
Related Words for rafflessweepstake, draw, flier, pool, stake, sweep, lots, disposition, gambling, speculation, wager, drawing, bet, tossup, gaming, numbers
Examples from the Web for raffles
Contemporary Examples of raffles
Fortune laughed along with him—he won at all sorts of things, not only cards but raffles and games of chance.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
As little as these raffles cost for campaigns to put on, they cost even less money for people to enter.
These raffles are an attempt to pump up the lagging numbers of small donors at low cost.
Thus, he has amped up the number of raffles and added celebrities to the mix.
Historical Examples of raffles
The principal hotel is the "Raffles," which I should imagine is also the worst.Ranching, Sport and Travel
From the very first Raffles fully realized the value of the acquisition.
Raffles was not able to remain for more than a few days at Singapore.
Raffles returned to Singapore on the 10th of October, 1822, on his way to England.
The position of Raffles in respect to Singapore was indeed remarkable.
- a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
- (as modifier)a raffle ticket
Word Origin for raffle
late 14c., "dice game," from Old French rafle "dice game," also "plundering," perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch raffel "dice game," Old Frisian hreppa "to move," Old Norse hreppa "to reach, get," Swedish rafs "rubbish," Old High German raspon "to scrape together, snatch up in haste," German raffen "to snatch away, sweep off"), from Proto-Germanic *khrap- "to pluck out, snatch off." The notion would be "to sweep up (the stakes), to snatch (the winnings)." Dietz connects the French word with the Germanic root, but OED is against this. Meaning "sale of chances" first recorded 1766.
"dispose of by raffle," 1851, from raffle (n.). Related: Raffled; raffling.