Definition of CARAT

variant of karat

Other Weights and Measures Terms

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain


noun car·at \ˈker-ət, ˈka-rət\

: a unit for measuring the weight of jewels (such as diamonds) that is equal to 200 milligrams

Full Definition of CARAT

:  a unit of weight for precious stones equal to 200 milligrams

Origin of CARAT

Middle English carrat measure of fineness in gold, from Middle French carat measure of fineness in gold or of weight in gems, from Italian carato, from Arabic qīrāṭ bean pod, a small weight, from Greek keration carob bean, a small weight, from diminutive of kerat-, keras horn — more at horn
First Known Use: 1555

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

Rhymes with CARAT


Next Word in the Dictionary: carat grainPrevious Word in the Dictionary: cara sposaAll Words Near: carat
March 26, 2015
verdigris Hear it
A green deposit formed on some metals
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears