tick·​et | \ ˈti-kət \

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 \ 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

The Japanese billionaire who bought the first ticket to fly around the moon on Elon Musk’s SpaceX vehicle is losing momentum back on Earth. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Japanese Billionaire’s E-Commerce Site Hits Turbulence," 2 Feb. 2019 There are no screaming parents jumping up and down with you about the golden ticket here. Megan Stein, Country Living, "10 Totally Weird Things About 'The Voice' Auditions That No One Ever Talks About," 19 Jan. 2019 California Taking away creature comforts might be the ticket to starting fresh in the year ahead. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "7 Hotels That Will Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions," 14 Dec. 2018 Tunnels with frequent, small-scale elevators, are apparently the ticket. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk on double-decker freeways, permitting, and building sewers," 11 Nov. 2018 Gulf News pointed out that the ticket listing for the class specifically mentions that attendees cannot take photographs or videos of the event. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Holding a Fenty Beauty Class in Dubai," 5 Sep. 2018 Shah said Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him, and he’s no longer in charge of purchasing the tickets. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Kavanaugh Ran Up Huge Credit Card Debt From Baseball Tickets, White House Says," 12 July 2018 The $15 commemorative ticket, with Lollapalooza artwork, will be good for unlimited rides on the Metra system on Thursday, Aug. 2 and Friday, Aug. 3 on all trains arriving in Chicago after 9:30 a.m., Metra said. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Metra to sell ride passes for Lollapalooza," 12 July 2018 Instead of owning the spacecraft and rockets, NASA pays for their development and enables companies to sell rides to anyone who wants a ticket. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shamar Stephen will be a free agent and may not be back with Carroll hinting at the end of the year that Poona Ford could be ticketed for his starting spot alongside Jarran Reed. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Mailbag: Free agent rumors and rumblings — Could a few former Seahawks find their way back?," 23 Jan. 2019 His pickup-driving father, ticketed last year for parking at Mr. Lambert’s house, borrows a sedan to visit from Wisconsin. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Get That Truck Out: A Town’s Pickup Ban Runs Into Blowback," 1 July 2018 In addition to the internal investigations, Haldemann was arrested June 20 by West Allis police, who ticketed him for first-offense OWI and released him. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee deputy faces possible termination after OWI, internal investigations," 29 June 2018 Free-agent additions Kenny Wiggins and Wesley Johnson appear ticketed for backup roles. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions draft final piece for OL puzzle in Arkansas' Frank Ragnow," 27 Apr. 2018 Hamilton County court records indicate Wilson was convicted Dec. 7 of driving under those suspensions the same day Cincinnati police ticketed her for an offense on Clinton Spring Avenue in North Avondale. Forrest Sellers, Cincinnati.com, "Next court hearing set for motorist involved in Elder teacher crash," 12 Feb. 2018 The mother leaves, then comes back and argues with Kovach, accusing him of ticketing her daughter for personal reasons. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "'You're going to jail': Cop pulled over daughter's boyfriend and ignored road rage call, police say," 22 June 2018 In 2005, he was arrested after punching a traffic agent in the face as the agent was ticketing the senator for double parking his car. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York State Senator Tweets ‘Kill Yourself!’ at GOP Aide," 18 Dec. 2018 That market share is lucrative: A ticketing company will typically collect around $3 on a ticket sold for face value; the profit on the secondary market can be nearly a quarter of what the ticket is sold for, according to people in the industry. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Staples Center Owner Seeks to Take a Piece of StubHub’s Action," 14 Sep. 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 \

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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