Origin and Etymology of sweepstakes
Middle English swepestake one who wins all the stakes in a game, from swepen to sweep + stake
First Known Use: 1774See Words from the same year
SWEEPSTAKES Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sweepstakes for English Language Learners
: a race or contest in which the winner receives all the prize money
SWEEPSTAKES Defined for Kids
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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