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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lottery mean? 

LOTTERY (noun)
  The noun LOTTERY has 2 senses:

1. something that is regarded as a chance event
2. players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots

  Familiarity information: LOTTERY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

LOTTERY (noun)

Sense 1lottery [BACK TO TOP]


Something that is regarded as a chance event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the election was just a lottery to them

Hypernyms ("lottery" is a kind of...):

accident; chance event; fortuity (anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause)

Sense 2lottery [BACK TO TOP]


Players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


lottery; drawing

Hypernyms ("lottery" is a kind of...):

gambling game; game of chance (a game that involves gambling)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lottery"):

tombola (a lottery in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum)

lucky dip (a game in which prizes (e.g., candies or coins) are concealed in a container and for a small sum a player can draw one out at random)

numbers; numbers game; numbers pool; numbers racket (an illegal daily lottery)

raffle (a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money)

sweepstakes (a lottery in which the prize consists of the money paid by the participants)

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