ticket

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noun

tick·​et ˈti-kət How to pronounce ticket (audio)
1
a
: 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 ticketK. E. Trombley
5
: a slip or card recording a transaction or undertaking or giving instructions
a savings deposit ticket
6
a
: a document that serves as a certificate, license, or permit
especially : a mariner's or airman's certificate
b
: tag, label
ticketless adjective

ticket

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verb

ticketed; ticketing; tickets

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Nearly three-quarters of that total have come from overseas markets, led by China, with $235.4 million in ticket sales, Disney said. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, 29 Jan. 2023 The 2020 Super Bowl featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami saw the highest average ticket price of $7,065. Jeff Fromm, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2023 Fans should mark their calendars now: worldwide ticket sales begin on Feb. 4 at 17:00 CET, which is 11:00 a.m. EST. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 28 Jan. 2023 The average ticket price on TickPick was $593 on Thursday, which is actually 6% cheaper than last season's AFC championship. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 27 Jan. 2023 Beautiful had a higher premium ticket price of $350 compared to & Juliet’s $325. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Jan. 2023 Unless noted, the ticket price to each program is $11; $8 for Cinematheque members, CIA and CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 and under. cleveland, 23 Dec. 2022 Instead of functioning like a perk or a way to move through lines faster, Genie+ feels like an increase to the ticket price, Nyberg said. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2022 The average ticket price was set around $50 to make the show more affordable, Cooper said. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2022
Verb
As an American Airlines interline partner, Contour offers travelers the ability to ticket from their originating airport and through a connecting hub to American destinations. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 Police continued to ticket students for truancy in more than 40 districts after the 2019 law went into effect. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 13 May 2022 Brad Gerratt, the transportation department’s interim commissioner, advised parking enforcement officials to not ticket around ISBCC and the Boston Islamic Center during their Eid al-Fitr services this year. Tiana Woodard, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2022 Although the state distributed $8.2 million to local agencies to ticket along traffic hotspots between 2018 and 2021, officials will not tell the public where those hotspots are or how they are defined. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2022 Prousa said along with the changes, signs displaying a vehicle’s speed will be set up on a rotating basis throughout the year and the Naperville Police Department will continue to ticket those who commit speeding violations. Suzanne Baker, Chicago Tribune, 3 Oct. 2022 Decades of research on school discipline has shown that when a judgment call is involved — such as whether to ticket someone for disorderly conduct for being disruptive or profane — students of color are disciplined more severely. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 6 May 2022 Police in the Sunshine State will be able to ticket drivers for playing music too loud from their cars starting on Friday. Brett Clarkson, Sun Sentinel, 27 June 2022 Township police officials in Northeast Ohio are pushing DeWine to sign a bill that would grant them the authority to ticket drivers on interstates, Kaylee Remington and Olivia Mitchell report. cleveland, 14 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 6a

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of ticket was in 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticket. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

ticket

1 of 2 noun
tick·​et ˈtik-ət How to pronounce ticket (audio)
1
: tag entry 1 sense 4, label
price ticket
2
: a summons or warning issued to a traffic offender
got a ticket for speeding
3
: a paper or token showing that a fare or admission fee has been paid
4
: a list of candidates
5
: a slip or card recording a business deal

ticket

2 of 2 verb
1
: to attach a ticket to : label
2
: to give a traffic ticket to

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