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  1. a mark (‸) made in written or printed matter to show the place where something is to be inserted.
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Origin of caret

1700–10; < Latin caret (there) is lacking or wanting, 3rd person singular present indicative of carēre to be without
Can be confusedcarat caret carrot karat
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Related Words

bullet, dagger, ditto, reference, asterisk, caret, punctuation

Examples from the Web for caret

Historical Examples

  • The last is one of five stanzas, with music "set by Mr. Caret:"

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • The caret (^) is used to mark the omission of a letter or word or a number of words.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton

  • Caret, Murphy, and the other priests now returned to Tahiti.

  • There is much private history which will never come to light, caret quia vate sacro, because no Budgeteer comes across it.

  • Transcriber's Note: The caret (^) has been used to mark subscript in the text version.

British Dictionary definitions for caret


  1. a symbol (‸) used to indicate the place in written or printed matter at which something is to be inserted
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin, literally: there is missing, from carēre to lack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for caret


"mark in writing to show where something is to be inserted," 1680s, from Latin caret "there is lacking," 3rd person singular indicative of carere "to lack" (see caste).

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