sweepstakes

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction sweep·stakes \ ˈswēp-ˌstāks \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of sweepstakes

also sweep-stake play \ˈswēp-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

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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

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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