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.

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People are desperate to make a buck these days, selling off their great-grandma’s amber necklace or their dad’s 18 karat pocket watch. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 Sabyasachi also designed the jewelry for Chopra's special day, using uncut diamonds, emeralds, and Japanese cultured pearls in 22 karat gold. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Says She Had a "Panic Attack" on Her Wedding Day," 8 Feb. 2019 Sabyasachi also designed the jewelry for Chopra's look, using uncut diamonds, emeralds, and Japanese cultured pearls in 22 karat gold. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018 Celebrating their 10th anniversary, L&H has created modern versions of coach covers, made of sterling silver or with an 18 karat pink or yellow gold wash, and meant to snap over accompanying earrings, pendants, or charms. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "These Modern Coach Covers Are Protective (Exquisite!) Baubles to Snap Over Your Gems," 21 June 2018 Trump is hoping those glimmering karats will work better than standard carrots. Brett Bruen, Time, "Donald Trump Has Successfully Cleaned Up North Korea's Brand," 12 June 2018 In 2016, in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Hot Brown, Louisville's most famous sandwich, The English Grill at the Brown Hotel temporarily added a $90 Hot Brown dish, complete with 25 karat gold sprinkles to the menu. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Brown Hotel is going all out for Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby with this lavish julep," 30 Apr. 2018 Her head was adorned with the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara, which features rows of delicate diamonds and large multi-karat aquamarine stones, according to People. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle of Sweden Adorably Match in Their Official Portrait," 6 Feb. 2018 The Muna has seven natural white diamonds pavé set along a slight arch and can be ordered in 14 karat yellow, rose or palladium white gold. Mandy Behbehani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Romancing the stones: Designers reinvent bridal jewelry," 26 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of karat

: a unit for measuring how pure a piece of gold is


kar·​at | \ ˈker-ət\

Kids Definition of karat

: a unit of fineness for gold 14-karat gold

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