car·​et ˈker-ət How to pronounce caret (audio)
: a wedge-shaped mark made on written or printed matter to indicate the place where something is to be inserted

Examples of caret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His eyebrows were twin carets, inserting pleasure or gentle mockery into a scene. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 27 Aug. 2023 Click the caret in the Search Email Box and a drop-down form will appear. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2019

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Word History


Latin, there is lacking, from carēre to lack, be without

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caret was in 1681

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Cite this Entry

“Caret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


car·​et ˈkar-ət How to pronounce caret (audio)
: a mark used to show where something is to be inserted

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