[ raf-uhlz ]

noun(often initial capital letter)
  1. a gentlemanly burglar, amateur housebreaker, or the like.

Origin of raffles

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

Words Nearby raffles

Other definitions for Raffles (2 of 2)

[ raf-uhlz ]

  1. Sir Thomas Stamford, 1781–1826, English colonial administrator in the East Indies.

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How to use raffles in a sentence

  • The same “raffles” afterwards turned up at Newport, where the girls for several weeks led a life of thrilling interest.

  • What is the discovery of the Boy raffles compared with your bringing to light the family history of poor little Eunice!

  • raffles, wheels, and rings were employed to extract coins from the under-zealous.

    The Pacific Triangle | Sydney Greenbie
  • Norman, on returning to the fancy fair, found the world in all the ardour of raffles.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for Raffles


/ (ˈræfəlz) /

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

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