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

Smith was tasked with bringing Gross and her husband tickets to Issey Miyake’s show. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Is the Future of the Sharing Economy Airbnbing Your Clothes?," 29 Nov. 2018 The whole point of the private space movement is that anyone could pay for a ticket for any reason. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Things We Learned From SpaceX's Moon Tourist Announcement," 18 Sep. 2018 Come back each day this week to read profiles of the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year honorees and get your tickets to the three-day event here. Glamour, "Meet the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year," 30 Oct. 2018 Veeps had advanced us around $135,000 in ticket sale earning to help cover cost for the event. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "TanaCon organizer Good Times Entertainment files for bankruptcy," 29 Oct. 2018 Proceeds from all of tonight's ticket sales will go directly towards the charity. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda At Hamilton Gala in London," 29 Aug. 2018 England was not among the top 10 nations in ticket sales before the tournament, but the team's progress caused gallivanting supporters to flock to Moscow. Ronald Blum, The Christian Science Monitor, "Croatia will make its first-ever appearance in World Cup final," 12 July 2018 According to Hu Jia, the brother should not hold out hope of obtaining his own one-way air ticket. The Economist, "China frees the widow of a Nobel peace-prize winner," 11 July 2018 Join us for an out of this World Latin culture infused festival, August 11&12 at Union Park, Chicago-- Get your tickets now at LOF18.com, link in bio! Jessica Roiz, Billboard, "Maluma to Headline First-Ever Lift Off Music Festival in Chicago," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Neither had been ticketed since 2009, when the Ilitches bought them, but appeared to be in violation of city code. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "City gives Ilitches more time to fix blighted Cass Avenue buildings," 25 June 2018 He and Ragland, in his second year with the Chiefs, are ticketed to start at inside linebacker. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Chiefs' defensive draft gets nod from team's current defenders | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 Some of the events are ticketed, but others are free. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 Apr. 2018 The president’s regular events — with several more scheduled ahead of Nov. 6 — are ticketed online, and every attendee’s contact information is added to the national GOP’s voter file. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Early returns: Excited bases for Democrats and Republicans," 26 Oct. 2018 Police only ticketed two motorists last month under the state’s new left lane law, which fines drivers up to $90 for going to slowly in the passing lane. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Just 2 drivers ticketed in first month of Idaho's new 'slowpoke' law," 1 Aug. 2018 The city so far has not ticketed scooter users who ride on sidewalks. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Now that electric scooters are all over Indianapolis, they're not going away," 28 June 2018 Gonzalez, of the 2600 block of South Christian Avenue, was also ticketed for not have a driver’s license and failing to stop at three stop signs. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Arson, fleeing and eluding among charges Little Village man faces," 11 July 2018 About 100 people were ticketed on the beach and boardwalk during that same period for drinking under the age of 21. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Senior Week in Wildwood: A money-making machine that residents love to hate," 20 June 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)

: to give (a driver) a ticket for driving or parking improperly

: to give or sell a ticket to (someone)

: 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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