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 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, "All that Glitters," 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, "Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl LI ring raises $1.025 million for 'All In Challenge'," 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, "James Corden sends Rachel Brosnahan into the MCU with Marvel's Mrs. Maisel," 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, "Crime Report: 6 more La Cañada homes targeted by burglars since July 30," 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, "Wife loses engagement ring on a snowy mountain. Eight months later, husband sneaks back with a metal detector and a plan to find it.," 27 June 2019 All that glitters may not be gold, but the jewelry inside Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s (aka Inez and Vinoodh) apartment last night certainly was—24 karats, to be precise. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "A House Party, but Make It Fashion: Inez and Vinoodh Celebrate Their Mene Jewelry Collaboration," 12 Feb. 2019 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

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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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“Karat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karat. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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