silent auction


Definition of silent auction

: an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

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The festivities include a barbecue, hay rides, fandango dancing, a roping demonstration, music and both a live and silent auction. Steven Wayne Yvaska, The Mercury News, "7 Bay Area antique and collectible shows this fall," 3 Sep. 2019 Trifodi is considering incorporating the bottle into a live or silent auction at the organization's big fundraiser, Taste of Hope, on Thursday, Sept. 12. Marc Bona,, "Special Buffalo Trace bourbon earmarked for 19 NE Ohio charities," 22 Aug. 2019 Sponsors, golfers and donations for the raffle and silent auction are welcome. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, Aug. 22," 22 Aug. 2019 There will also be music from violinist Kaelyn Quinn, as well as a live and silent auction. Anchorage Daily News, "It’s Sousapalooza! time," 20 June 2019 The event, a major fundraiser for Poway OnStage, includes food, beer and wine tasting, live entertainment and a live and silent auction. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Taste of Our Towne is Saturday," 19 June 2019 The festivities include music, a kids’ zone, a silent auction, food, a farm days exhibit, the scarecrow festival and more than 60 vendors., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 The event will include door prizes, a silent auction, a visit by Santa and a hot chocolate and bake sale. Houston Chronicle, "SL Fort Bend Calendar 091819," 16 Sep. 2019 The evening’s festivities began on the Hotel Del Coronado’s sunny new Vista Walk outdoor reception space, where the 550 guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a huge silent auction, and ocean views. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Funding Homes for Hospice," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of silent auction

1952, in the meaning defined above

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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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