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 But this is the problem: Ballet troupes need to start rehearsing and spending money in advance to make those ticket sales happen. Washington Post, "‘The Nutcracker’ is the coronavirus’s latest casualty. Here’s what the loss...," 1 July 2020 Drink tickets are $5 each and a portion of drink ticket sales supports the Sycamore Township Cemetery Endowment Fund and Sons of the American Revolution. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: July 3-5," 1 July 2020 Fiserv Forum was 48th in the world for ticket sales from Nov. 21, 2019, to May 20, 2020. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Before coronavirus, Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum was one of the top-grossing concert venues in the world," 30 June 2020 Under the Huntington’s new system, online ticket sales and reservations start every Tuesday at noon, and visitors can reserve times and tickets up to seven days in advance. Los Angeles Times, "The Huntington is reopening. Here’s why you need to act fast if you want to get in," 30 June 2020 Since completing the transition to Division I three years ago, the Incarnate Word athletic program has seen ticket sales, sponsorships and donations grow. Express-news Staff, ExpressNews.com, "Timeline of coronavirus in San Antonio: May and June," 30 June 2020 The move was not unexpected, given minor-league teams’ reliance on ticket sales and in-game experience for revenue. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Minor-league season canceled; reaction from San Jose Giants, Stockton Ports," 30 June 2020 Gift-giving, ticket sales and donations are the potatoes. oregonlive, "Canzano: Bad sneaker deals are the least of the Pac-12′s new worries," 30 June 2020 Safety precautions Based on ticket sales, 45 people were in the audience. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Orchestra of New Spain stirs up controversy with the first live, public concert in the region," 28 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The city will not ticket vehicles that are parked in rush-hour and anti-gridlock zones or in residential areas during street sweeping until Aug. 1 at the earliest, officials said. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "As coronavirus cases surge, L.A. postpones plans to ticket during street sweeping," 1 July 2020 Officers refused to arrest or ticket people for minor offenses, with overall arrests dropping by 66 percent. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "Police Are Going On Strike. Should Anyone Care?," 23 June 2020 By your reasoning, because drunk drivers cause more damage, police shouldn't ticket speeders. cleveland, "Is identifying the Cleveland looters from May 30th the best use of police resources? Thoughts from the subscribers," 14 June 2020 Tucson Mayor Regina Romero on Wednesday told The Arizona Republic the goal of a mask mandate is to educate people, not to ticket them. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "An Arizona sheriff says he won't enforce county's mask mandate. Here's a look at how communities are handling enforcement," 27 Mar. 2020 Better yet, for AAdvantage awards ticketed on or after June 1, 2020, American Airlines is waiving change and reinstatement fees when changes or cancellations are made at least 60 days before travel. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airline Miles Are Cheaper Than Ever—Should You Buy Them?," 4 June 2020 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 The event won't be ticketed like its marketing conference, but HerCampus secured sponsorships from several brands including Aussie Hair Care, Neutrogena and First Aid Beauty. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Publishers were forced to cancel moneymaking events. Now they're streaming them live.," 8 May 2020 The league estimates that teams get about 40 percent of their revenue from ticketing, parking, concessions and other elements of having fans in attendance — all of which would be lost if games have no spectators. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "A Return for Baseball Would Require a New Debate," 18 Apr. 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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5 Jul 2020

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“Ticket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticket. Accessed 12 Jul. 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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