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lottery

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noun lot·tery \ˈlä-tə-rē also ˈlä-trē\

Simple Definition of lottery

  • : a way of raising money for a government, charity, etc., in which many tickets are sold and a few of the tickets are chosen by chance to win prizes

  • : a system used to decide who will get or be given something by choosing names or numbers by chance

  • : an event or situation in which what happens is decided by luck or chance

Full Definition of lottery

plural lot·ter·ies

  1. 1 a :  a drawing of lots in which prizes are distributed to the winners among persons buying a chance b :  a drawing of lots used to decide something

  2. 2 :  an event or affair whose outcome is or seems to be determined by chance

Examples of lottery

  1. They held a lottery to determine who could get a green card.

  2. Room assignments are determined by lottery.

  3. Life's a lottery, isn't it? It all depends on luck.



Origin of lottery

Middle French loterie, from Middle Dutch, from lot lot; akin to Old English hlot lot


First Known Use: 1567

Rhymes with lottery




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