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karat

or car·at

[ kar-uht ]
/ ˈkær ət /
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noun
a unit for measuring the fineness of gold, pure gold being 24 karats fine. Abbreviation: k., kt.
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Origin of karat

First recorded in 1550–60; spelling variant of carat

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH karat

carat, caret, carrot, karat
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British Dictionary definitions for karat

karat
/ (ˈkærət) /

noun
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

C16: from Old French, from Medieval Latin carratus, from Arabic qīrāt weight of four grains, carat, from Greek keration a little horn, from keras horn
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