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raffle

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[ raf-uhl ]
/ ˈræf əl /
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noun
a form of lottery in which a number of persons buy one or more chances to win a prize.
verb (used with object), raf·fled, raf·fling.
to dispose of by a raffle (often followed by off): to raffle off a watch.
verb (used without object), raf·fled, raf·fling.
to take part in a raffle.
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Origin of raffle

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1350–1400; Middle English rafle dice game <Middle French, derivative of rafler to snatch; cf. raff

OTHER WORDS FROM raffle

raffler, nounun·raf·fled, adjective

Other definitions for raffle (2 of 2)

raffle2
[ raf-uhl ]
/ ˈræf əl /

noun
Nautical. a tangle, as of ropes, canvas, etc.

Origin of raffle

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First recorded in 1790–1800; raff + -le
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British Dictionary definitions for raffle

raffle
/ (ˈræfəl) /

noun
  1. a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
  2. (as modifier)a raffle ticket
verb
(tr often foll by off) to dispose of (goods) in a raffle

Derived forms of raffle

raffler, noun

Word Origin for raffle

C14 (a dice game): from Old French, of obscure origin
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