November 24, 2012
raffle (noun)
\RAFF-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: the sale of chances for a prize whose winner is the one whose ticket is picked at a drawing
How do you use it?
The neighborhood playground organization is having a raffle to raise money for new playground equipment.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "raffle" has its origin in a game that involves using something listed below. Which do you think it is?

A's the winning ticket this time. The word "raffle" comes from the Middle English word "rafle," a word for a dice game. The Middle English word traces back through French to the medieval German word "raffen," meaning "to snatch" or "to gather." Although it's very uncommon now, the English word "raffle" can still be used to refer to a game with three dice in which the winner is the player who throws three dice of the same number or the pair with the highest number if no triplet is thrown.
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