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raffle1

[raf-uh l] /ˈræf əl/
noun
1.
a form of lottery in which a number of persons buy one or more chances to win a prize.
verb (used with object), raffled, raffling.
2.
to dispose of by a raffle (often followed by off):
to raffle off a watch.
verb (used without object), raffled, raffling.
3.
to take part in a raffle.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English rafle dice game < Middle French, derivative of rafler to snatch; cf. raff
Related forms
raffler, noun
unraffled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un raffled

raffle

/ˈræfəl/
noun
1.
  1. a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
  2. (as modifier) a raffle ticket
verb
2.
(transitive) often foll by off. to dispose of (goods) in a raffle
Derived Forms
raffler, noun
Word Origin
C14 (a dice game): from Old French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for un raffled
raffle
late 14c., from O.Fr. rafle "dice game," also "plundering," perhaps from a Gmc. source (cf. M.Du. raffel "dice game," O.Fris. hreppa "to move," O.N. hreppa "to reach, get," Ger. raffen "to snatch away, sweep off"), from P.Gmc. *khrap- "to pluck out, snatch off." The notion would be "to sweep up (the stakes), to snatch (the winnings)." Dietz connects the O.Fr. word with the Gmc. root, but OED is against this. Meaning "sale of chances" first recorded 1766.
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