sweepstakes

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction sweep·stakes \ -ˌstāks \

Definition of sweepstakes

also sweep-stake play \-ˌstāk\
1 a :a race or contest in which the entire prize may be awarded to the winner; specifically :stakes race
2 :any of various lotteries

Origin and Etymology of sweepstakes

Middle English swepestake one who wins all the stakes in a game, from swepen to sweep + stake


SWEEPSTAKES Defined for English Language Learners

sweepstakes

noun

Definition of sweepstakes for English Language Learners

  • : a race or contest in which the winner receives all the prize money


SWEEPSTAKES Defined for Kids

sweepstakes

noun plural sweep·stakes \ ˈswēp-ˌstāks \

Definition of sweepstakes for Students

:a contest in which money or prizes are given to winners picked by chance (as by drawing names) Hint: Sweepstakes can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.


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