lottery

noun, often attributive lot·tery \ ˈlä-tə-rē also ˈlä-trē \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of lottery

plural lotteries
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 : an event or affair whose outcome is or seems to be determined by chance

Examples of lottery in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of lottery

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



LOTTERY Defined for English Language Learners

lottery

noun

Definition of lottery for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LOTTERY Defined for Kids

lottery

noun lot·tery \ ˈlä-tə-rē \

Definition of lottery for Students

plural lotteries
: 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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