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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ticketless \ ˈti-​kət-​ləs How to pronounce ticketless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ticket

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of ticket in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Start with the 80% to 90% drop in ticket sales, and social distancing precautions that leave middle seats empty and the few planes airborne often half-full. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Will the airlines survive the coronavirus? Yes—and here’s how," 24 May 2020 There's not a top-of-ticket statewide race to draw in voters this year. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Unprecedented half a million Hoosiers to vote by mail," 22 May 2020 Generally, ticket sales or door covers go to pay the band while the venue makes money on food and drinks. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio live music venue owners planning now for an uncertain future," 22 May 2020 Kara Medoff Barnett, the company’s executive director, told me that the company is projected to lose approximately eighteen million dollars in revenue from ticket sales and touring fees. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, "Dancing on Their Own During the Coronavirus Crisis," 21 May 2020 As a nonprofit organization that receives most of its revenue from ticket sales, Arizona Broadway Theatre lost nearly half a million dollars after postponing all of its productions due to COVID-19. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Quarantine crafting: DIY at home with kits and virtual classes from Phoenix arts studios," 20 May 2020 But that was a significant improvement from the more than 90% decline in online ticket sales a month earlier. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "COVID-19: CVG could lose up to $91M over next two years due to pandemic," 20 May 2020 But other regions are in retreat; on Monday, Argentina banned all ticket sales for commercial flights until September 1. National Geographic, "10 ways to get your travel fix from home," 29 Apr. 2020 Urin estimated a loss of more than $100,000 in ticket sales for every day the Bolshoi is closed. Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post, "Bolshoi in the kitchen: Russian ballet is also working from home during lockdown," 25 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Angela Rigas, of Caledonia in western Michigan, said she was ticketed after refusing three times to stop cutting hair. USA TODAY, "Summer camp, Operation Haircut, thanking meatpackers: News from around our 50 states," 21 May 2020 Angela Rigas, of Caledonia in western Michigan, said she was ticketed after refusing three times to stop cutting hair. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "7 barbers ticketed for cutting hair at Michigan Capitol protest," 20 May 2020 She was ticketed for third-degree retail fraud, a misdemeanor, and released pending a court date June 16, according to the paper and 44th District Court online records. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Censured Royal Oak City Commissioner Kim Gibbs caught shoplifting," 7 May 2020 He was also ticketed for not being in school, police said. Richard J. Hillebrand Jr., 60, of the 400 block of Thames Parkway, Park Ridge, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 16 following a traffic stop, police said. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge police: Car with keys inside stolen near hospital emergency room, recovered in Maine Township," 2 Oct. 2019 Rookie Greg Allen also is good defensively, but he's ticketed for Class AAA Columbus. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians Scribbles: What about Bradley Zimmer? -- Terry Pluto (video)," 9 Mar. 2018 The Department of Public Works said officers are out and ticketing for parking violations, with the exception of restrictions due to street sweeping, which is suspended. Washington Post, "How to get around the region: Amtrak, Metro, other systems make changes due to coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 The study also faults Ohio law for not making the failure to wear a seatbelt a primary offense, which would allow police to pull someone over and ticket them solely for not wearing one. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio’s road-safety laws rank among country’s worst in new survey," 23 Jan. 2020 San Francisco is not ticketing for street sweeping through the end of the month but still enforcing meters. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus creates new challenges for Bay Area police, firefighters," 18 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of ticket was in 1529

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28 May 2020

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“Ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticket. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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