- 1 a type of betting in which the winner gets all the money bet by everyone else; a race or contest on which money is bet in this way The horse was entered in a sweepstakes for colts.
- 2a contest in which you can win a prize if your name is picked I entered the sweepstakes to win a trip to Italy.
- 3 a competition, election, etc. whose result you cannot guess the college admission sweepstakes
NAmE//ˈswipsteɪks//(pl. sweepstakes) [usually singular]