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sweepstakes

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

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

also sweep–stake \-ˌstāk\

Full Definition of SWEEPSTAKES

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

SWEEP-STAKE Defined for Kids

sweepstakes

noun plural sweep·stakes \ˈswēp-ˌstāks\

Definition of SWEEPSTAKES for Kids

:  a contest in which money or prizes are given to winners picked by chance (as by drawing names) Hint:Sweepstakes can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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