noun, lot·tery often attributive \ˈlä-tə-rē also ˈlä-trē\

: 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

plural lot·ter·ies

Full Definition of LOTTERY

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
:  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

LOTTERY Defined for Kids


noun lot·tery \ˈlä-tə-rē\
plural lot·ter·ies

Definition of LOTTERY for Kids

:  a way of raising money in which many tickets are sold and a few of these are drawn to win prizes


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