[ kar-it ]
/ ˈkær ɪt /


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

Nearby words

  1. carer,
  2. cares,
  3. caress,
  4. caressive,
  5. caressively,
  6. caretaker,
  7. carew,
  8. carew, thomas,
  9. careworn,
  10. carex

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caret


/ (ˈkærɪt) /


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

Word Origin for caret

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper