What does raffle mean?

Definitions for raffle
ˈræf əlraf·fle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. raffle(verb)

    a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money

  2. raffle, raffle off(verb)

    dispose of in a lottery

    "We raffled off a trip to the Bahamas"


  1. raffle(Noun)

    A drawing, often held as a fundraiser, in which tickets or chances are sold to win a prize.

    He entered a raffle to win a lifetime supply of toothpaste, but he did not win.

  2. raffle(Verb)

    To award something by means of a raffle or random drawing, often used with off.

    They raffled off four gift baskets.

  3. Origin: From rafle, from rafle, raffle, from rafler, of origin, from Old *, from hrapōnan, from (s)kreb(h)-, from (s)ker-. Cognate with raffel, raffen, hreppan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Raffle

    a kind of lottery, in which several persons pay, in shares, the value of something put up as a stake, and then determine by chance (as by casting dice) which one of them shall become the sole possessor

  2. Raffle

    a game of dice in which he who threw three alike won all the stakes

  3. Raffle(verb)

    to engage in a raffle; as, to raffle for a watch

  4. Raffle(verb)

    to dispose of by means of a raffle; -- often followed by off; as, to raffle off a horse

  5. Origin: [See Raff, n. & v., and Raffle.]


  1. Raffle

    A raffle is a gambling competition in which people obtain numbered tickets, each ticket having the chance of winning a prize. At a set time, the winners are drawn from a container holding a copy of every number. The drawn tickets are checked against a collection of prizes with numbers attached to them, and the holder of the ticket wins the prize. The raffle is a popular game in numerous countries and is often held to raise funds for a specific charity or event.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Raffle

    raf′l, n. a kind of sale by chance or lottery in which the price is subscribed equally by all who hope to win.—v.i. to try a raffle.—n. Raff′ler. [Fr. rafle, a certain game of dice—rafler, to sweep away—Ger. raffeln, freq. of raffen (A.S. reafian), to seize.]

  2. Raffle

    raf′l, n. lumber, rubbish. [Cf. Raff (1).]

Editors Contribution

  1. raffle

    A type of game of opportunity where people buy a ticket or number of tickets that are accurately numbered to have the option of winning a prize and according to the raffle rules the tickets will be independently verified when just and needed.

    Most communities have some form of raffle every Christmas, people buy a ticket especially when the proceeds go to a charity.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on November 21, 2016


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of raffle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of raffle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Yuby Hernandez:

    You could get a movie, two or three serials, six cartoons, a news reel, and a ticket for a raffle all for 25 cents.

  2. Yuby Hernandez:

    You could get a movie, two or three serials, six cartoons, a news reel, and a ticket for a raffle all for twenty-five cents.

  3. Oregon Rev. Jeremy Lucas:

    This was right after the shootings in Baton Rouge and there was a lot of heat and energy around the issue of guns, i want to live in a world where a girls softball team doesn’t have to raffle off a gun because it’s the quickest way to make money.

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