silent auction


Definition of silent auction

: an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

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Recent Examples on the Web The silent auction will be open to the public from Oct. 14 through Oct. 21. Post-tribune Staff,, "Community news," 6 Oct. 2020 Bidding starts at $75 and the silent auction will run from Monday, Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Pooja Krishna, Dallas News, "Spaghetti and Meatball Pie? 25 top local chefs auction off wild and crazy pies for culinary scholarships," 6 Oct. 2020 Instead of holding a silent auction for gift baskets and tickets to theater and sporting events — which aren’t happening now — the company will auction off gift cards worth $25 to $125 to redeem at more than 100 St. Paul businesses. Star Tribune, "Two downtowns on hold as big employers monitor the march of the virus," 3 Oct. 2020 The virtual experience will include a silent auction via mobile bidding, musical performances by the Royal Essence Showband and cocktail demonstrations by mixologist Daniel Levy. Staff Reports,, "St. Bernard deputy honored for saving woman's life, and more metro-area community news," 30 Sep. 2020 Everyone can bid starting now on silent auction items such as original art and vacation getaways. oregonlive, "Historic preservation awards salute a wine-filled grain elevator, updated factories and other cool restorations (before, after photos)," 24 Sep. 2020 The online silent auction will launch the morning of the festival and close on Friday, Oct. 9, with proceeds to benefit the organization. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Norah Jones Joins All-Star Lineup for Willie Nelson’s 35th Annual Farm Aid: 'I Think It’s So Important'," 21 Sep. 2020 The in-person event will feature wine and dessert tastings as well as an art gallery and silent auction. Katie V. Jones,, "Two poets will share their unique words and power at Howard County events," 18 Sep. 2020 The virtual event is 7-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and will feature a silent auction. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Flourish fundraiser features chef Rocco Whalen in cooking demo," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of silent auction

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silent auction was in 1952

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27 Oct 2020

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“Silent auction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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