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

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Other Words from ticket


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

Synonyms for ticket

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Savigon is most likely a receiver at the next level — with an eye on playing at San Diego State — so offense is his ticket. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 In other words, Mykenna ain't your ticket to more camera time, pal. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 6 Oct. 2021 The Yankees had just completed a 1-0 win over the Rays to punch their ticket to a wild-card game. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Even with the embarrassing defeat before a booing Yankee Stadium crowd of 41,648, New York could still punch its postseason ticket Saturday with losses by Toronto and Seattle. Mike Fitzpatrick, ajc, 2 Oct. 2021 In July a South Carolina man claimed a $40,000 prize, and 11 days later his Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket won $3 million. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 2 Oct. 2021 The Yankees' next win would punch their ticket into the wild card game. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 With this policy in place, those who find a cheaper fare after the 24-hour window is up are able to cancel their ticket, rebook their flight, and receive the fare difference as a future travel credit. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 28 Sep. 2021 There was nobody there except a dude in a Mickey suit and the person who takes your ticket. Jonathan Cohen, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Until last March, more than 100 cameras around the city could ticket drivers for going at least 10 mph over the limit. Nicole Stock, chicagotribune.com, 13 Aug. 2021 But City Hall owes it to taxpayers to relentlessly ticket dangerous offenses and to put in place infrastructure that makes streets calmer. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 27 July 2021 Refunds will be available to ticket holders for 30 days once a new date is announced. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 Kickoff time will be announced at a later date, as will ticket sales information for Rio Tinto. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2021 Police would be given authority to stop people on the street to check whether their trips were essential and ticket them for noncompliance. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2021 Maybe this is a delicate or gingerly done form of navigating a stop sign and the driver figures that no cop would ticket them for such a seemingly minuscule infraction. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 The delicious shirts are available to ticket holders via the online Patron Shop and in-person at the Masters Golf Shop starting at $29.50. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 2 Apr. 2021 SeatGeek, founded by Russell D’Souza and Jack Groetzinger has attracted many rounds of investor funding and traded equity for the rights to ticket the Dallas Cowboys. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021

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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

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10 Oct 2021

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“Ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticket. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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)

: to give (a driver) a ticket for driving or parking improperly
: to give or sell a ticket to (someone)
: 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

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