silent auction


Definition of silent auction

: an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

Examples of silent auction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Food, games, basket raffle, wine pull, silent auction. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 12 Aug. 2021 There will also be a live auction and silent auction for some boot-stomping fun. Kevin Dayhoff,, 25 Sep. 2021 Brown said there will also be a silent auction and a painting demonstration. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 During the dinner and event, attendees will be able to mingle and ask Collins questions, and will have access to an online silent auction with items from the singer's personal collection. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 Popular silent auction items include: unique experience packages and items such as autographed sports memorabilia, spa and golf packages, restaurant certificates and more. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2021 Performances by vocalists Ebony Westbrook and Nicki Parrish -- along with a lot of humorous banter and even a little rapping by Sister Friends founder Rhonda Aaron -- rounded out the event, as did a silent auction. Helaine Williams, Arkansas Online, 18 Apr. 2021 The evening will include a mariachi band welcoming guests, tequila tastings, a lobster feast, a silent auction, and dance music by Hot Rocks San Diego. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2021 What to expect: Chicken schnitzel, beef brat with sauerkraut, honey glazed carrots, salad, desert, wine and beer tastings, live music, silent auction, raffles and a cash bar. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of silent auction

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silent auction was in 1866

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16 Oct 2021

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“Silent auction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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