punch·​board ˈpənch-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce punchboard (audio)
: a small board that has many holes each filled with a rolled-up printed slip to be punched out on payment of a nominal sum in an effort to obtain a slip that entitles the player to a designated prize

Examples of punchboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If this interpretation is correct, the punchboard predates eyed needles in Western Europe by some 15,000 years. Ian Gilligan, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2023 Besides the participating vendors, guests also enjoyed a light buffet, an open bar, and a raffle and punchboard filled with prizes for lucky winners. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, 12 Dec. 2019 The building tiles and tokens are thick and well-printed punchboard, which pop out just fine from their frames without any tearing. Michael Harrison, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of punchboard was in 1912

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“Punchboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punchboard. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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