[ kahr-tel ]
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  1. an international syndicate, combine, or trust formed especially to regulate prices and output in some field of business.

  2. a coalition of political or special-interest groups having a common cause, as to encourage the passage of a certain law.

  1. a written agreement between belligerents, especially for the exchange of prisoners.

  2. a written challenge to a duel.

Origin of cartel

1550–60; <Middle French <Italian cartello letter of defiance, poster, equivalent to cart(a) carte + -ello diminutive suffix

Other words for cartel

Other words from cartel

  • car·tel·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cartel


/ (kɑːˈtɛl) /

  1. Also called: trust a collusive international association of independent enterprises formed to monopolize production and distribution of a product or service, control prices, etc

  2. politics an alliance of parties or interests to further common aims

Origin of cartel

C20: from German Kartell, from French, from Italian cartello a written challenge, public notice, diminutive of carta card 1

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Cultural definitions for cartel


[ (kahr-tel) ]

An association in which producers of a similar or identical product try to obtain a monopoly over the sale of the product.

Notes for cartel

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