- 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.
- a summons issued for a traffic or parking violation.
- a written or printed slip of paper, cardboard, etc., affixed to something to indicate its nature, price, or the like; label or tag.
- a slate of candidates nominated by a particular party or faction and running together in an election.
- the license of a ship's officer or of an aviation pilot.
- Banking. a preliminary recording of transactions prior to their entry in more permanent books of account.
- Informal. the proper or advisable thing: That's the ticket! Warm milk and toast is just the ticket for you.
- Archaic. a placard.
- Obsolete. a short note, notice, or memorandum.
- to attach a ticket to; distinguish by means of a ticket; label.
- to furnish with a ticket, as on the railroad.
- to serve with a summons for a traffic or parking violation.
- to attach such a summons to: to ticket illegally parked cars.
- have tickets on oneself, Australian Slang. to be conceited.
Origin of ticket
Examples from the Web for tickets
Tickets go on sale to the public January 15; check back then for a link and an early peek at the inspiring lineup of speakers.Save the Date: Women in the World 2015
December 23, 2014
Literally, 72% of our tour income came from the tickets you bought.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
With over 200 performances a year, the Met needs to sell 4,000 tickets to each of them in order to sell out.Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
Tickets will be free, but anyone who has ever denied anthropogenic climate change will be automatically denied a boarding pass.I Want My Damn Hoverboard! 12 Movie Inventions That Should Exist
October 25, 2014
Tickets for Women in the World Texas are on sale now at Ticketmaster and at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre box office.Here’s the Program for Women in the World Texas!
October 2, 2014
"You can come now and get your tickets," and their troubles were over.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Mart, I've got tickets to a show,—a nice place,—and I want you to go along.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I will take the tickets, and slip in yours into your hand as I pass you.The Secret Agent
I could get tickets if I dared, but I don't mean to go any more.
For three penny tickets one had quite a wide range of choice.The Uncommercial Traveller
- Southern African informal the end; that was it
- 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 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
- to issue or attach a ticket or tickets to
- informal to earmark for a particular purpose
Word Origin and History for tickets
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.
Idioms and Phrases with tickets
see just the ticket; meal ticket; split ticket; straight ticket; write one's own ticket.