silent auction


Definition of silent auction 

: an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

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Other events will be a banquet and silent auction, a spirit investigation and the showing of two Ginger Rogers films. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events July 12-18: ‘Mamma Mia,’ Comedy Get Down, Ginger Rogers Festival, Tony Rock," 10 July 2018 Children games area, artillery drills both days, skits, bake sale, silent auction ends at 1 p.m. Sunday. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From Lake Country to the North Shore, here are 26 fun ways to spend the middle of your summer," 26 June 2018 People can check out, in addition to food and beverages, Greek music and folk dancing, vendors, a silent auction and children’s activities. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Organizers report better-than-expected turnout for first night of 12th annual Greek Festival in Bel Air," 16 June 2018 The event also featured live entertainment, children’s activities, street vendors and an art silent auction. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Chili and salsa samples spice things up in Huntington Beach," 16 June 2018 The event will also feature a silent auction and opening music by Quinn Christopherson. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "PrideFest 2018 starts this week in Anchorage; here are some of the highlights," 8 June 2018 In addition to the awards ceremony, lunch, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle, a table centerpiece contest was of interest to attendees. Sue Strachan,, "8 celebrated at 42nd annual Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards," 5 June 2018 Enjoy music by Blaze & Kelly, silent auction and a no-host bar, followed by an upscale spaghetti buffet (with and without meatballs). Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Build something cool out of food for Boise Rescue Mission Ministries | Idaho Statesman," 19 Mar. 2018 Casino games for cash prizes, Vegas-style entertainment, 50/50 drawings, silent auction, open bar (7-11 p.m.) and dinner. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what to do in Louisville: Kids Fair, Film Festival and a gravy competition," 21 Feb. 2018

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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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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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