kar·​at | \ ˈker-ət How to pronounce karat (audio) , ˈka-rət \
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Definition of karat

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

Examples of karat in a Sentence

She was wearing an 18 karat gold bracelet. Pure gold is 24 karats.
Recent Examples on the Web Her offering includes everything from silver talismans engraved with the elaborate designs of Berber, Tuareg and Turkmen peoples to a ruby and table-cut diamond ring set in typically Indian high-karat gold. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2022 The watch is paired with a sleek black alligator strap and 18 karat pink gold folding buckle. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2021 Girard-Perregaux’s new Tourbillion with Three Flying Bridges was created to celebrate the company’s 230th anniversary, and is the first in this line to cast all three bridges in 18 karat pink gold. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2021 Francisco Pizarro’s men entered the Temple of the Sun in Cuzco, the Incan capital in modern-day Peru, and melted down breathtaking works of high-karat art because bars were easier to stack and transport back to Spain. Longreads, 5 Feb. 2021 The All In website says the ring features 283 diamonds and is a 5.1 carat-weight ring, crafted with 10 karat white gold. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 22 May 2020 In this new bit for The Late Late Show, Brosnahan checks the karat count on the Infinity Gauntlet and uses Captain America’s shield to catch rays instead of villains. Nick Romano, EW.com, 15 Jan. 2020 Stolen were seven Cartier watches, one Franck Muller watch, a necklace with a 2.2 karat diamond, a 2-karat diamond ring, 20 miscellaneous pieces of jewelry, watches and gold bars. La Cañada Valley Sun, 7 Aug. 2019 In addition to having great sentimental value, the ring cost about $10,000, with a center stone that was about three-quarter karat, and 72 smaller diamonds around it. Allison Klein, Washington Post, 27 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of karat

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for karat

Middle English carrat — more at carat

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30 Apr 2022

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“Karat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karat. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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kar·​at | \ ˈker-ət \

Kids Definition of karat

: a unit of fineness for gold 14-karat gold

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