noun British.

Origin of tombola

1875–80; < Italian, derivative of tombolare to tumble, itself derivative of tombare to fall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British a type of lottery, esp at a fête, in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum

Word Origin for tombola

C19: from Italian, from tombolare to somersault; see tumble
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Word Origin and History for tombola

"Italian lotto-style lottery," 1880, from Italian tombolare "to tumble, fall upside down."

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