verb (used with object)


    have tickets on oneself, Australian Slang. to be conceited.

Origin of ticket

1520–30; 1925–30 for def 4; earlier tiket < Middle French etiquet memorandum. See etiquette
Related formstick·et·less, adjectivere·tick·et, verb (used with object)un·tick·et·ed, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of ticket

Historical Examples of ticket

  • It was five minutes to four when she purchased her ticket to New York.

  • What if he should get into a train without a ticket, or send a guard to procure one for him?

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Of course, he was going, but the perplexing thing was, what to do with that other ticket.

  • If you miss any meals, your ticket is good until it is punched.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He breakfasted at Mrs. McKee's, and was initiated into the mystery of the ticket punch.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for ticket



  1. a piece of paper, cardboard, etc, showing that the holder is entitled to certain rights, such as travel on a train or bus, entry to a place of public entertainment, etc
  2. (modifier)concerned with or relating to the issue, sale, or checking of ticketsa ticket office; ticket collector
a piece of card, cloth, etc, attached to an article showing information such as its price, size, or washing instructions
a summons served for a parking offence or violation of traffic regulations
informal the certificate of competence issued to a ship's captain or an aircraft pilot
mainly US and NZ the group of candidates nominated by one party in an election; slate
mainly US the declared policy of a political party at an election
British informal a certificate of discharge from the armed forces
informal the right or appropriate thingthat's the ticket
have tickets on oneself or have got tickets on oneself Australian informal to be conceited

verb -ets, -eting or -eted (tr)

to issue or attach a ticket or tickets to
informal to earmark for a particular purpose
See also tickets
Derived Formsticketing, noun

Word Origin for ticket

C17: from Old French etiquet, from estiquier to stick on, from Middle Dutch steken to stick ²
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Word Origin and History for ticket

1520s, "short note or document," from a shortened form of Middle French etiquet "label, note," from Old French estiquette "a little note" (late 14c.), especially one affixed to a gate or wall as a public notice, from estiquer "to affix, stick on, attach," from Frankish *stikkan, cognate with Old English stician "to pierce" (see stick (v.)).

Meaning "card or piece of paper that gives its holder a right or privilege" is first recorded 1670s, probably developing from the sense of "certificate, license, permit." The political sense of "list of candidates put forward by a faction" has been used in American English since 1711. Meaning "official notification of offense" is from 1930; parking ticket first attested 1947. Big ticket item is from 1970. Slang the ticket "just the thing, what is expected" is recorded from 1838, perhaps with notion of a winning lottery ticket.


1610s, from ticket (n.). Related: Ticketed; ticketing.

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Idioms and Phrases with ticket


see just the ticket; meal ticket; split ticket; straight ticket; write one's own ticket.

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