tick·​et | \ ˈti-kət How to pronounce ticket (audio) \

Definition of ticket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a certificate or token showing that a fare or admission fee has been paid
b : a means of access or passage education is the ticket to a good job
2 : a summons or warning issued to a traffic-law violator
3 : a list of candidates for nomination or election : slate
4 : the correct or desirable thing cooperation, that's the ticket— K. E. Trombley
5 : a slip or card recording a transaction or undertaking or giving instructions a savings deposit ticket
6a : a document that serves as a certificate, license, or permit especially : a mariner's or airman's certificate
b : tag, label


ticketed; ticketing; tickets

Definition of ticket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish or serve with a ticket ticketed for illegal parking
2 : to attach a ticket to : label also : designate

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from ticket


ticketless \ ˈti-​kət-​ləs How to pronounce ticketless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ticket

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of ticket in a Sentence

Noun We bought tickets for the opera. I got a ticket for speeding. Verb He was ticketed for speeding. methods used for ticketing airline passengers
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Seats from this limited allotment will be made available exclusively to season-ticket holders based on account seniority. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals still haven't found enough snaps for Simmons; more fans to be allowed at home," 16 Oct. 2020 If limited attendance is allowed, the seats will be filled by season-ticket holders. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "The cost of no Saints fans at games for Louisiana? $15M in lost tax revenue, team officials say," 16 Oct. 2020 Your cost will depend on overall demand for the Hawaii ticket at Christmas. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "Airline Miles Programs Sure Are Profitable. Are You the Loser?," 10 Oct. 2020 And though Staples Center has had less than 20 percent of ticket holders request refunds from this year’s shows, now the question remains — will guests return when the venues are open for them? Kristen Chuba, Billboard, "Will Live Events Return? There May Be No 'Back to Normal'," 10 Oct. 2020 Non-student ticket holders and working staff will have their temperature read prior to entering the stadium. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Auburn fan guide for 2020 home game against Arkansas," 9 Oct. 2020 There have been tentative discussions with officials of the Tokyo Olympics Committee about how to screen ticket holders for the Summer Games next July, (postponed from this year). Vivienne Walt, Fortune, "The tech startup trying to restore our faith in COVID-free air travel," 7 Oct. 2020 The Blazers are giving away more than 3,000 of the kits to fans, season-ticket holders and community and corporate partners. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers releasing ‘Rip City Votes Kits’ as part of effort to boost voter turnout," 7 Oct. 2020 As soon as the president arrived, VIP ticket holders who had given between $50,000 and $250,000 were invited to take a photo. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "The Day Covid-19 Came to Trump’s White House," 3 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Superintendent Ken Wallace said a decision has already been made not to ticket students who are caught vaping or in possession of vaping devices on school campuses this school year. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Is underage vaping a police or public health issue? Park Ridge aldermen to revisit ordinance after tickets issued to high schoolers," 16 Oct. 2020 To that end, officers and state troopers from around the state are participating in a special effort to ticket drivers who are illegally using their cellphones. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Anti-texting campaign aims to stop Connecticut distracted driving deaths," 2 Oct. 2020 The virtual events will be available to ticket holders via NewFest's on-demand platform. NBC News, "New York LGBTQ film festival to open with lesbian romance 'Ammonite'," 24 Sep. 2020 The estate’s official website explains that parking spots will be given to ticket holders on a first-come, first-serve basis. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "Queen Elizabeth’s Country Home Will Become a Drive-in Movie Theater for One Weekend," 10 Sep. 2020 The officers discussed booking the man for robbery, but instead decided to ticket him and take him to the Rescue Mission downtown. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Milwaukee police officers resigned rather than be fired after being caught on video punching a robbery suspect," 9 Sep. 2020 Amaya made the news briefly in 2016 when he was accused of staking out cabdrivers to ticket them idling near Arlington National Cemetery. Washington Post, "Trial date set for Ghaisar civil suit in Park Police shooting, but U.S. wants delay," 21 Aug. 2020 Broward County’s nighttime curfew is over, but the move comes with a more aggressive effort to ticket anyone who violates coronavirus orders. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward’s nightly curfew is over. The new strategy: Lots more code enforcers.," 3 Aug. 2020 The city’s police department has been authorized to ticket first offenders with a $15 fine. Fox News, "Colorado city to mandate coronavirus face coverings, threatening up to a year in jail for violators," 9 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ticket.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ticket


1529, in the meaning defined at sense 6a


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ticket


Middle French etiquet, estiquette note attached to something indicating its contents, from Middle French dialect (Picard) estiquier to attach, from Middle Dutch steken to stick; akin to Old High German sticken to prick — more at stick

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ticket

Time Traveler for ticket

Time Traveler

The first known use of ticket was in 1529

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ticket

Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticket. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ticket


How to pronounce ticket (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ticket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of paper that allows you to see a show, participate in an event, travel on a vehicle, etc.
: a card or piece of paper that shows that you are participating in a contest, raffle, etc.
: a piece of paper that officially tells you that you have driven or parked your car improperly and that you will have to pay a fine



English Language Learners Definition of ticket (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : to give (a driver) a ticket for driving or parking improperly
: to give or sell a ticket to (someone)
US : to give (someone or something) a specific purpose or destination


tick·​et | \ ˈti-kət How to pronounce ticket (audio) \

Kids Definition of ticket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a document or token showing that a fare or a fee for admission or participation has been paid a round trip ticket movie tickets a lottery ticket
2 : a summons or warning issued to a person who breaks a traffic law a speeding ticket
3 : a list of candidates for nomination or election
4 : a slip or card recording a sale or giving information
5 : the correct or desirable thing When school ended, a trip was just the ticket.


ticketed; ticketing

Kids Definition of ticket (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to attach a tag to : label
2 : to give a traffic ticket to

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on ticket

What made you want to look up ticket? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!