- an international syndicate, combine, or trust formed especially to regulate prices and output in some field of business.
- a coalition of political or special-interest groups having a common cause, as to encourage the passage of a certain law.
- a written agreement between belligerents, especially for the exchange of prisoners.
- a written challenge to a duel.
Origin of cartel
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Examples from the Web for cartel
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
In the meantime, there is talk that with El Chapo in prison the Sinaloa cartel has a new leader.
The notorious Sinaloa cartel boss is trying to use Mexican law to get himself out of jail—and it just might work.
And he was not the only Sinaloa cartel informant to suffer an abrupt reversal of fortune with ICE.
I mean, it just happened to be that the Juárez cartel was—that was the case we were working on at the time.
Sir Lucius was not out of sight when the Duke had finished reading his cartel.The Young Duke
We have been engaged a long time in negotiating a cartel of exchange.
When this cartel fell into my hands it lacked but an hour of sunset.Captain Canot
The Escribano was demanded in exchange, according to the cartel.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7
Charles H. Sylvester
A brig was chartered as a cartel, on board of which the Frenchmen were at once sent.From Powder Monkey to Admiral
- Also called: trust a collusive international association of independent enterprises formed to monopolize production and distribution of a product or service, control prices, etc
- politics an alliance of parties or interests to further common aims
Word Origin and History for cartel
1550s, "a written challenge," from Middle French cartel (16c.), from Italian cartello "placard," diminutive of carta "card" (see card (n.1)). It came to mean "written agreement between challengers" (1690s) and then "a written agreement between challengers" (1889). Sense of "a commercial trust, an association of industrialists" comes 1902, via German Kartell, which is from French. The older U.S. term for that is trust (n.). The usual German name for them was Interessengemeinschaft, abbreviated IG.
An association in which producers of a similar or identical product try to obtain a monopoly over the sale of the product.