sweep·​stakes | \ ˈswēp-ˌstāks How to pronounce sweepstakes (audio) \
also sweep-stake\ ˈswēp-​ˌstāk How to pronounce sweepstakes (audio) \

Definition of sweepstakes

1a : a race or contest in which the entire prize may be awarded to the winner specifically : stakes race
2 : any of various lotteries

Examples of sweepstakes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even if your favorite home doesn’t win it all, voting in the sweepstakes can come with its own reward. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 30 July 2022 Spend at least one night at a Radisson Hotels Americas property between August 1 and August 21 to receive one entry in the sweepstakes. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 3 July 2022 They were involved in the Freddie Freeman sweepstakes, but losing it hardly extinguishes hope. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2022 Both Russia and China sense a vacuum developing in the global power sweepstakes and both have been flexing their muscles to test the US’ resolve to stick to its principles. Rajrishi Singhal, Quartz, 10 Feb. 2022 Iran will be counting on Russia and China to take its side in the gotcha sweepstakes. Aaron David Miller, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 The HomeGoods Hideout in a Box sweepstakes is also open now through May 9, 2021. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Just north of Livingston, at the former Crazy Mountain Ranch, once owned by Philip Morris, winners of a sweepstakes offered in the company’s cigarette packs used to be flown to Montana for a dude ranch vacation. Antonia Hitchens, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 The Seattle Seahawks may not be fully out of the Baker Mayfield sweepstakes just yet. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sweepstakes

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sweepstakes

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

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The first known use of sweepstakes was in 1774

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1 Aug 2022

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“Sweepstakes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweepstakes. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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noun plural
sweep·​stakes | \ ˈswēp-ˌstāks How to pronounce sweepstakes (audio) \

Kids Definition of sweepstakes

: 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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