big-tick·​et ˈbig-ˈti-kət How to pronounce big-ticket (audio)
: having a high price
the car was a big-ticket item
: having great importance or prominence : major
The founders had hoped to address three big-ticket issues: the environment, nuclear weapons, and Middle East peace.David Corn

Examples of big-ticket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black Friday is officially upon us and that means deals, deals, and more deals on big-ticket items, including televisions. Casey Clark, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Short of big-ticket sports games, the Hallmark movies might be the only appointment television left over the holidays. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 24 Nov. 2023 Get there between 3 and 5 p.m. for happy hour deals on drinks, apps, and even big-ticket entrees like king crab. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2023 Lowe’s cut its outlook for the year after its core shoppers pulled back more than expected on discretionary purchases and big-ticket items. Dean Seal, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 Over-all retail sales dipped slightly last month, and just this week Target and Home Depot reported that some consumers are holding off on big-ticket purchases. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 On Tuesday, Home Depot, the nations’ largest home improvement chain, reported that sales continue to slide as customers cut back on spending for big-ticket items like appliances, and spent less on big renovation projects. Anne D'innocenzio, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 Here are the latest markdowns on our favorite big-ticket items. Ian Salisbury,, 14 Nov. 2023 Consumer spending has shifted more to services instead of goods, along with pressure in certain big-ticket discretionary categories. Trefis Team, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of big-ticket was in 1933

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“Big-ticket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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