silent auction


: an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Regular ticket holders will have access to the art exhibit, silent auction, the red carpet, and the fashion show presented by local designers, stylists, and boutiques. Je’don Holloway Talley | The Birmingham Times, al, 8 Nov. 2022 The evening also includes a silent auction, raffle and post-concert dance party. Dallas News, 2 June 2022 The fundraiser will feature musical entertainment from KCRW DJ Chris Douridas, Dina Valenz and indie rock band Westerner, as well as drinks and food, a silent auction and awards. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Includes appetizers, refreshments, silent auction and meet and greet with presenter Adam Black of Bartlett Tree Research Lab and Arboretum. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 31 Oct. 2022 The event includes cocktail hour, silent auction and awards program. Marc Bona, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2022 Highlights include a silent auction and evening-culminating live auction. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2022 The event includes honorary speakers, a raffle, silent auction and dance groups. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Sep. 2022 Areas inside the house will be set up for a holiday boutique, sweet shop, silent auction and the yearly Festival of Trees and wreaths raffle. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silent auction was in 1866

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“Silent auction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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