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carat

noun car·at

Variant spelling of

: a unit of fineness for gold equal to ¹/₂₄ part of pure gold in an alloy

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carat

noun car·at \ ˈker-ət , ˈka-rət \

Definition of carat

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

Origin and Etymology of carat

Middle English carrat measure of fineness in gold, from Medieval 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

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CARAT Defined for English Language Learners

carat

noun

Definition of carat for English Language Learners

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


CARAT Defined for Kids

carat

noun car·at \ ˈker-ət \

Definition of carat for Students

: a unit of weight for gemstones (as diamonds) equal to 200 milligrams


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