tick·​et | \ ˈti-kət How to pronounce ticket (audio) \

Definition of ticket

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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

While the French have 460,748 tickets, FIFA said 130,905 have been allocated to Americans. Washington Post, "France wins start amid World Cup cash, visibility issues," 8 June 2019 Eucker acknowledged the need to sell more tickets, but said having such a small player payroll is crucial. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego indoor football team vows to stay, despite bad first year," 7 June 2019 More than 750,000 tickets already have been sold across the nine stadiums scheduled to host games; total attendance is expected to exceed a million. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Women’s Soccer’s Big Moment, Big-Footed by Indifference and a ‘Clerical Error’," 7 June 2019 The five-day forecast is not great news for the more than 20,000 soccer fans holding tickets to an international friendly match between the U.S. and Venezuela men's national teams at 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Rainy forecast could dampen Sunday's USMNT soccer match with Venezuela," 7 June 2019 The Rapids sold and distributed nearly 17,000 tickets to the last two matches, likely due to good weather, the excitement around two new players, and a recent improvement in results. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Wins are fixing the Rapids’ serious attendance problem in Commerce City," 7 June 2019 But, Dark Phoenix's Thursday ticket sales failed to rise to the level of the earnings of the other X-Men installments, like 2016's Apocalypse ($8.2 million) and 2014's Days of Future Past ($8.1 million). Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Dark Phoenix' Flies to Mediocre $5M in Previews," 7 June 2019 McQuade only went to the show that night because a friend had an extra ticket and offered it to him at the last minute. Longreads, "How the Cosby Story Finally Went Viral — And Why It Took So Long," 7 June 2019 Admission is $10, and tickets can be purchased from the city’s website. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park, La Porte line up watery kids activities," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Police will be ticketing drivers who speed or fail to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, Donohue said. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Officials announce "Look Alive" campaign to promote pedestrian safety," 3 June 2019 FlyGRN crawls several ticketing sites to find the best flight options at the lowest prices, just like other aggregators. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Book a Flight and This App Will Offset Your CO2 Emissions for Free," 1 May 2019 Mikolas seems ticketed for his first career All-Star Game, while Pivetta seemed on that same path before a couple of shaky outings against the Cubs and Rockies in his last two trips to the mound. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Marcell Ozuna Is On Fire," 18 June 2018 The audit found that six different drivers were each ticketed for speeding through school zones multiple times, including one driver who received five tickets in three months. David Klepper, The Seattle Times, "NY disability agency gets 270 school zone speeding tickets," 1 Oct. 2018 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

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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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