- a unit for measuring the fineness of gold, pure gold being 24 karats fine. Abbreviation: k., kt.
Origin of karat
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"You're solid, fourteen karat gold, Slady," he finally said.Tom Slade at Black Lake
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
O'Reilly's judgment proved to be good, as, when weighed, it was found to be of 22 karat.Seven Legs Across the Seas
It is now on the market as kunzite, and a cut stone of one karat in weight sells for fifty dollars and more.The Heritage of the Hills
Arthur P. Hankins
It's like a fellow handing out a twenty-four karat gold bar to a rube by mistake, under the impression it only looks like one.Flying U Ranch
B. M. Bower
Gold leaf should be 18 to 22 karat, and neither aluminum nor silver leaf should be used.Library Bookbinding
Arthur Low Bailey
- US and Canadian a measure of the proportion of gold in an alloy, expressed as the number of parts of gold in 24 parts of the alloyAlso spelt (in Britain and certain other countries): carat
Word Origin for karat
variant of carat (q.v.). In U.S., karat is used for "proportion of fine gold in an alloy" and carat for "weight of a precious stone."