lottery Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “lottery” in the English Dictionary

"lottery" in British English

See all translations

lotterynoun

uk   /ˈlɒt.ər.i/  us   /ˈlɑː.t̬ɚ-/
B1 [C] a ​game, often ​organized by the ​state or a charity in ​order to make ​money, in which ​tickets with ​numbers are ​sold to ​people who then have a ​chance of ​winning a ​prize if ​theirnumber is ​chosen [S] disapproving something that ​depends only on ​luck and is not ​fair: Education in ​England is something of a lottery.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of lottery from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lottery" in American English

See all translations

lotterynoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɑt̬·ər·i/
a ​system of ​sellingnumberedtickets and giving ​prizes to those ​people whose ​numbers are ​chosen by ​chance: Even if she ​won the lottery, Paige says she’d still ​keep her ​job.
(Definition of lottery from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lottery" in Business English

See all translations

lotterynoun

uk   us   /ˈlɒtəri/ (plural lotteries)
[C] a ​game of chance, often ​organized by the ​government to ​raisemoney, in which ​peoplewincash if they have ​bought a ​winningticket: The ​councilapplied for a £40m ​grant from the national lottery to ​redeveloplocalfacilities.lottery ticket/jackpot/winner Last night's ​national lottery ​jackpot of €2.8m was ​won by two lucky ticket-holders.lottery funding/money/revenue The ​state is expected to have $15.6 ​billion in ​generalfund and lottery ​revenues for the two-year ​budgetperiod.
[S] something that is affected by luck rather than being ​controlled by a ​fairprocess: With ​interestratesrising, some ​peoplefeel that the ​propertymarket is a ​bit of a lottery at the moment.
(Definition of lottery from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lottery”
in Korean 로터리, 복권…
in Arabic يانَصيب…
in Malaysian loteri…
in French loterie…
in Russian лотерея…
in Chinese (Traditional) 抽彩,抽獎, 運氣,碰運氣的事…
in Italian lotteria…
in Turkish piyango, bir tür şans oyunu, kumar…
in Polish loteria…
in Spanish lotería…
in Vietnamese xổ số…
in Portuguese loteria…
in Thai สลากกินแบ่ง…
in German die Lotterie…
in Catalan loteria…
in Japanese 宝くじ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 抽彩,抽奖, 运气,碰运气的事…
in Indonesian undian…
What is the pronunciation of lottery?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“lottery” in Business English

More meanings of “lottery”

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More