[ tik-it ]
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  1. a slip, usually of paper or cardboard, serving as evidence that the holder has paid a fare or admission or is entitled to some service, right, or the like: a railroad ticket; a theater ticket.

  2. a summons issued for a traffic or parking violation.

  1. a written or printed slip of paper, cardboard, etc., affixed to something to indicate its nature, price, or the like; label or tag.

  2. a slate of candidates nominated by a particular party or faction and running together in an election.

  3. the license of a ship's officer or of an aviation pilot.

  4. Banking. a preliminary recording of transactions prior to their entry in more permanent books of account.

  5. Informal. the proper or advisable thing: That's the ticket! Warm milk and toast is just the ticket for you.

  6. Archaic. a placard.

  7. Obsolete. a short note, notice, or memorandum.

verb (used with object)
  1. to attach a ticket to; distinguish by means of a ticket; label.

  2. to furnish with a ticket, as on the railroad.

  1. to serve with a summons for a traffic or parking violation.

  2. to attach such a summons to: to ticket illegally parked cars.

Idioms about ticket

  1. 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

Other words from ticket

  • tick·et·less, adjective
  • re·tick·et, verb (used with object)
  • un·tick·et·ed, adjective

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How to use ticket in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ticket


/ (ˈtɪkɪt) /

    • 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

    • (modifier) concerned with or relating to the issue, sale, or checking of tickets: a ticket office; ticket collector

  1. a piece of card, cloth, etc, attached to an article showing information such as its price, size, or washing instructions

  1. a summons served for a parking offence or violation of traffic regulations

  2. informal the certificate of competence issued to a ship's captain or an aircraft pilot

  3. mainly US and NZ the group of candidates nominated by one party in an election; slate

  4. mainly US the declared policy of a political party at an election

  5. British informal a certificate of discharge from the armed forces

  6. informal the right or appropriate thing: that's the ticket

  7. have tickets on oneself or have got tickets on oneself Australian informal to be conceited

verb-ets, -eting or -eted (tr)
  1. to issue or attach a ticket or tickets to

  2. informal to earmark for a particular purpose

Origin of ticket

C17: from Old French etiquet, from estiquier to stick on, from Middle Dutch steken to stick ²

Derived forms of ticket

  • ticketing, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with ticket


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

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