[raf-uh l] /ˈræf əl/
a form of lottery in which a number of persons buy one or more chances to win a prize.
verb (used with object), raffled, raffling.
to dispose of by a raffle (often followed by off):
to raffle off a watch.
verb (used without object), raffled, raffling.
to take part in a raffle.
(transitive) often foll by off. to dispose of (goods) in a raffle
late 14c., “dice game,” from Old French rafle “dice game,” also “plundering,” perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch raffel “dice game,” Old Frisian hreppa “to move,” Old Norse hreppa “to reach, get,” Swedish rafs “rubbish,” Old High German raspon “to scrape together, snatch up in haste,” German raffen “to snatch away, sweep off”), from Proto-Germanic *khrap- “to pluck out, snatch off.” The notion would be “to sweep up (the stakes), to snatch (the winnings).” Dietz connects the French word with the Germanic root, but OED is against this. Meaning “sale of chances” first recorded 1766.
“dispose of by raffle,” 1851, from raffle (n.). Related: Raffled; raffling.
[rah-fee-nesk] /ˌrɑ fiˈnɛsk/ noun 1. Constantine Samuel, 1783–1840, U.S. naturalist, born in Turkey.
[ra-fre-shee-swar] /ra frɛ ʃiˈswar/ noun, French Furniture. 1. a table of the 18th century having a cooler for bottles and shelves for plates.
[rahf-sahn-jah-nee] /ˌrɑf sɑnˈdʒɑ ni/ noun 1. Hojatolislam Ali Akbar Hashemi, born 1935, president of Iran 1989–97. /ˌræfsænˈdʒɑːnɪ/ noun 1. Hojatoleslam Hashemi Ali Akbar. born 1934, Iranian politician: president of Iran (1989–97)
[raft, rahft] /ræft, rɑft/ noun 1. a more or less rigid floating platform made of buoyant material or materials: an inflatable rubber raft. 2. a collection of logs, planks, casks, etc., fastened together for floating on water. 3. . 4. a slab of reinforced concrete providing a footing on yielding soil, usually for a whole […]