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 ticketless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ticket

Synonyms: Noun

check, coupon, pass, pasteboard

Synonyms: Verb

label, mark, tag

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Examples of ticket in a Sentence


We bought tickets for the opera. I got a ticket for speeding.


He was ticketed for speeding. methods used for ticketing airline passengers
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Enter Ethan Payne, 15, who's managed to score a coveted ticket to Hollywood and perform with Luke. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'American Idol' Judge Luke Bryan Helps a Teen With Cystic Fibrosis Audition for the Show," 10 Mar. 2019 That there was an entire movie of dance battles that didn’t require a plot to sell tickets. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Step Up 2: The Streets Is Actually the Best Step Up Movie (And It's on Netflix)," 4 July 2018 The team also analyzed each airline's cancellation statistics, route network, ticket value, fees, customer satisfaction, and the quality of the frequent flyer program. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "These Are the Top 10 Airlines in the World," 20 Mar. 2019 These trailblazing servers were supposed to return to Earth in 2018, but lost their ticket home in the scheduling aftermath that followed the 2018 launch abort of a Russian capsule. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Saga of a Stranded Space Station Supercomputer," 18 Mar. 2019 These days, the mood at ConsenSys is bleak; it’s clear the freewheeling days of expensing $14,000 in two weeks or buying day-of Emirates business-class tickets are over, says a source. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "ConsenSys plans to spin out most of its startups, and it’s going to mean layoffs," 20 Dec. 2018 The company ran out of money and severely limited the number of tickets that subscribers could purchase each month. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "MoviePass announces yet another new pricing structure," 6 Dec. 2018 There are three theaters within the compound and a commitment to audience access—no play, no matter how popular, is ever allowed to completely sell out, and over 30 percent of tickets sold cost under £20. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "What to Do in London When it Pours," 23 Aug. 2018 According to the source, shows scheduled for large sports arenas of about 20,000 seats were showing sales of just 1,000 to 5,000 tickets. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Nicki Minaj postpones North American tour after reports of weak ticket sales," 22 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In April, the department teamed up with IDOT as part of national Distracted Driving Awareness Month, ticketing drivers who text or use their cellphones while driving. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge police to conduct stepped-up traffic enforcement as Memorial Day approaches," 14 May 2018 The minor league season starts April 5, and Mountcastle was ticketed to return to Double-A Bowie this season. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle out 4-6 weeks with right-hand fracture," 15 Mar. 2018 Meltzer's appearance is a highly anticipated, ticketed event. Sean Brennan, cleveland.com, "Polish Genealogical Society to Meet: Community Voices," 21 Feb. 2018 While he the concert was integrated into the halftime telecast of the game, Lamar was not performing at the game itself, but rather at a free, non-ticketed event in the Centennial Olympic park outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Kendrick Lamar Performs During Halftime of CFP National Championship Game," 8 Jan. 2018 Simonelli, seen at 45 as too young for the main job, was ticketed to run the public company that resulted from the merger of GE’s oil-and-gas unit and oil-field service company Baker Hughes . Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 But drivers are ticketed both for not coming to a complete stop and for coming to a complete stop past the stop line. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "The region’s toughest red-light camera busted drivers 24,000 times last year," 4 Sep. 2018 Anyone ticketed for feeding the squirrels can be fined $250 for the first offense and $1,000 for each additional offense, under the state code, but tickets are rare. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "It's getting a little squirrelly at the coast," 25 Mar. 2018 Police had already ticketed the woman several times already this year for panhandling, police said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis woman arrested for darting in front of cars on Lincoln Avenue to beg drivers for money," 15 May 2018

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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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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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