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sweepstakes

play
noun plural but singular or plural in construction sweep·stakes \-ˌstāks\

Simple Definition of sweepstakes

  • : a race or contest in which the winner receives all the prize money

Full Definition of sweepstakes

also sweep–stake play \-ˌstāk\

  1. 1a :  a race or contest in which the entire prize may be awarded to the winner; specifically :  stakes raceb :  contest, competition

  2. 2 :  any of various lotteries

Origin of sweepstakes

Middle English swepestake one who wins all the stakes in a game, from swepen to sweep + stake


First Known Use: 1774

Rhymes with sweepstakes



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