silent auction


Definition of silent auction

: an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

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Wehr Nature Center: Ladies Night Out, with local vendors, raffle and silent auction, 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 16, 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What’s going on in Milwaukee this week: July 12-18," 11 July 2019 The event also featured a raffle, silent auction, and the solicitation of donations at levels from $50 to $1,000 for various education, monitoring, and restoration endeavors. Vincent Andrunas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A voice for the coast and ocean," 5 July 2019 There will be a cash bar, raffle and silent auction. Post-tribune Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 6 June 2019 Dinner only is $25, with raffle and silent auction. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, March 29," 29 Mar. 2018 The fair included a revised circle booth exhibition design plus a silent auction, music, dancing by local student groups and more. Karie Angell Luc,, "Glenview Art League hosts summer fair, includes local artists and from other states," 30 July 2019 The fourth annual Dine on the Causeway event is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at 490 Jackson St. and will feature food by Hall’s Catering, an open bar, a silent auction, and live music on the floating stage by singer and pianist Jon McLaughlin. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "This dinner party on the causeway in Cicero features an open bar and sunset serenade," 30 July 2019 International food, silent auction, raffles, casino, kids games and activities. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 29-Aug. 4," 29 July 2019 The two-day event will include sailboat races starting at noon, and post-race parties with food, cocktails, live music, silent auction, raffle prizes and trophy presentation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Volunteers repair trails at Gonzalez Canyon," 22 July 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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