silent auction


Definition of silent auction

: an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

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For the gala’s nearly two-hour silent auction, guests meandered the hotel’s garden to bid on, among other things, exotic trips, designer clothes, art, entertainment packages and internships. Ellen Olivier,, "Race to Erase MS gala celebrates 25th anniversary with Flo Rida and an Alice and Olivia runway show," 23 Apr. 2018 The event will include a strolling dinner, open bar (21+ only), dancing, a silent auction, valet parking and more! Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Freep Film Festival 2018: Special events lineup includes parties, music, workshops, more," 22 Mar. 2018 The crew along with nearly 30 Kiwanians served breakfast to more than 420 guests and raised more than $18,000 total, including $6,000 from the silent auction of about 200 items. Linda Mcintosh,, "Kiwanians raise 18K at Pancake breakfast," 26 Mar. 2018 Proceeds from the silent auction and bake sale will be donated to Compassionate Canines Pet Therapy Program. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Pets take a walk down the red carpet," 26 Mar. 2018 There will be live music, small-plate dining and live and silent auctions. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tour for a cure: Architectural treasure is this year's Breast Cancer Showhouse," 18 May 2018 More than 400 guests attended the event, which featured live music, dancing, food, and live and silent auctions., "Beach party supports Jack & Jill Center Children's Center," 10 May 2018 The event includes live music by Robin Lacy and DeZydeco and live and silent auctions. Nancy Daly,, "Celebrate Mardi Gras while helping homeless children," 5 Feb. 2018 The evening will begin with a champagne reception and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and a live and silent auction. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of silent auction

1952, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of silent auction

: an auction in which people write down their bids for the things being sold

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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