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 tour will also feature a silent auction with holiday baskets and one-of-a-kind items, and a space to support small business through an online boutique. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman’s Club holds Christmas fundraiser," 14 Dec. 2020 This silent auction features a display of extraordinarily unique wreaths that range from whimsical to wacky to wonderful. Judy Morley,, "Coming Attractions: Jazz, films and holiday traditions return to the Carroll Arts Center," 7 Nov. 2020 Open bar, silent auction, games, food stations, presentation and live music. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Oct. 12-18," 11 Oct. 2020 Church members opted instead to hold an online silent auction followed by a live-streamed telethon at 5 p.m. Oct. 17. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: El Cajon centenarian celebrates right to vote," 9 Oct. 2020 The venue also held a silent auction in April to auction off memorabilia and raise funds for the staff. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "The end of an era: Big Texas Spring closes doors after 15 years," 7 July 2020 A week in advance of the Snow Ball, guests will have access to an online silent auction. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Want to win a home in Norton Commons or a BMW X3? Here's what to know about 2020 Snow Ball," 21 June 2016 The silent auction is currently in progress and will close December 16 at 9pm EST. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "With No Nutcracker, New York City Ballet Dancers Make Their Next Move," 4 Dec. 2020 The event, sponsored by Konica Minolta, will include behind-the-scenes tours of the hospital, a virtual silent auction and the live drawing for the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Want to win a home in Norton Commons or a BMW X3? Here's what to know about 2020 Snow Ball," 21 June 2016

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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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25 Jan 2021

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“Silent auction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 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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