sweepstakes

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

Definition of sweepstakes

also

sweep–stake

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  1. 1a :  a race or contest in which the entire prize may be awarded to the winner; specifically :  stakes raceb :  contest, competition

  2. 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


First Known Use: 1774


SWEEPSTAKES Defined for English Language Learners

sweepstakes

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

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

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noun plural sweep·stakes \ˈswēp-ˌstāks\

Definition of sweepstakes for Students

  1. :  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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