Origin of tombola
1875–80; < Italian, derivative of tombolare to tumble, itself derivative of tombare to fall
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Examples from the Web for tombola
Then a lottery, or "tombola," as it was called, was planned for.The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
Rudolph Brox returned from the tombola, where he had drawn a silver match-box.The Law Inevitable
But the curtain rose; that is to say, the tombola commenced.
Somebody won the tombola at last, and Pepe told Caper he should wait for the fireworks and the concert.
The next thing is to paint or draw on it the figure of an old gentleman like our picture, and you have the Tombola complete.
- British a type of lottery, esp at a fête, in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum
C19: from Italian, from tombolare to somersault; see tumble
Word Origin and History for tombola
"Italian lotto-style lottery," 1880, from Italian tombolare "to tumble, fall upside down."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper