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[kahr-ney; French kar-ne]
noun, plural car·nets [kahr-neyz; French kar-ne] /kɑrˈneɪz; French karˈnɛ/.
  1. a customs document allowing an automobile to be driven at no cost across international borders.
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Origin of carnet

1895–1900; < French: notebook, book of tickets; Middle French quernet, equivalent to quern- (compare quaer (with loss of n) group of four sheets; see cahier) + -et -et
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Examples from the Web for carnet

Historical Examples

  • I could not have a room until my carnet rouge had been stamped by this dignitary.

    Life in the War Zone

    Gertrude Atherton

  • The brothers Carnet were regarding the two young men with pity.

    Chance in Chains

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • The brothers Carnet had risen to their feet also, and were standing side by side.

    Chance in Chains

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • Mr. Carnet desired us to have patience, and we should find some at the place where our caravan waited.

  • Several Moors accompanied Mr. Carnet, and every one was loaded.

British Dictionary definitions for carnet


    1. a customs licence authorizing the temporary importation of a motor vehicle
    2. an official document permitting motorists to cross certain frontiers
  1. a book of tickets, travel coupons, etc
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Word Origin

French: notebook, from Old French quernet, ultimately from Latin quaternī four at a time; see quire 1
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