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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ticketless \ ˈti-​kət-​ləs How to pronounce ticketless (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 The owner of the Shell station in the 7000 block of Sudley Road received $50,000 for selling the winning ticket. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "Haymarket man wins $10 million prize in Virginia Lottery," 16 Feb. 2020 Kenney’s has the usual range of convenience store items, from beer to lottery tickets, as well as home essentials and a few groceries. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "At Kenney’s Food Store, the friendships go back decades," 15 Feb. 2020 Once a violation is confirmed, the ticket is mailed to the motorist. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday traffic: Winter storm watch issued for Cascades travel Saturday," 14 Feb. 2020 Ruggles was an early subscriber to Douglass’ North Star newspaper in 1848; Douglass, in turn, persuaded Ruggles to vote for the Free Soil party ticket in 1848. Graham Hodges, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "David Ruggles was a friend to Frederick Douglass, the first full-time black activist and a lead conductor on the Underground Railroad," 14 Feb. 2020 Amy Jean Klobuchar is going to be on the Democratic ticket in November, either at the top or as the nominee for vice president. Kenneth L. Khachigian, WSJ, "Hillary Clinton Without the Snark and Baggage," 13 Feb. 2020 The Royal Oak event is one of Michigan's largest onesie bar crawls with stops at 11 venues between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The tickets started at $25 and came with a neon cup filled with sugary candy, shutter shades and a blinking pacifier. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Adults wearing onesies to Michigan bar crawls is a hot, growing trend," 13 Feb. 2020 During holidays or weekends, the one-day ticket will rise from $149 to $154, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Your Trip to Disneyland Just Got a Bit More Expensive," 12 Feb. 2020 However, the unclaimed Mega Millions ticket was sold at Fry's Food Store, at 7628 E. Indian School Road in Scottsdale. Jamie Landers, azcentral, "$3M lottery ticket sold in Phoenix unclaimed; $4.8M ticket sold in Scottsdale," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In one submission, a woman was ticketed for parking in a handicapped spot. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Anchorage parking fairies: How a $75 ticket started a movement," 6 Jan. 2020 She was also ticketed for allegedly smoking/possessing marijuana while acting as a caregiver in a childcare facility. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Colo. Daycare Owner Charged After Allegedly Hiding 26 Kids Behind Fake Wall to Avoid Detection," 27 Dec. 2019 Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate was ticketed for stardom, but Utah QB Tyler Huntley has surpassed him. oregonlive, "Oregon coach Mario Cristobal and OSU coach Jonathan Smith look like home run hires: Issues & Answers," 22 Nov. 2019 Winger Peter Cehlarik, too inconsistent for Cassidy’s liking, was ticketed for Providence. BostonGlobe.com, "David Krejci," 11 Nov. 2019 He was ticketed for free agency next March like Simmons. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Journal: Might safety Justin Simmons be first beneficiary of recently-created cap space?," 21 Sep. 2019 Cleaves, then 20, was ticketed for being a minor in possession of alcohol, refusing a breath test and not wearing a seat belt. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory," 21 Aug. 2019 McWilliams was ticketed for a major role in 2018, USA’s first under head coach Steve Campbell. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "South Alabama’s Rocel McWilliams ‘laser-focused’ after return from torn Achilles," 3 Aug. 2019 Between 2000 and 2014, he was ticketed in five different states, including Florida, for speeding, driving an unsafe vehicle, not carrying proof of insurance and driving an overloaded vehicle. Wpec, sun-sentinel.com, "New video shows moment South Florida truck driver crashed into van, killing 5 kids," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of ticket was in 1529

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20 Feb 2020

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“Ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticket. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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)

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

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