[ kar-it ]
/ ˈkær ɪt /


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

Origin of caret

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

Can be confused

carat 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
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