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

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 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

But last year the Sports and Welfare lotteries combined raked in 511bn yuan in ticket sales, nearly as much as America’s various state lotteries earned between them. The Economist, "The Chinese state manages the world’s second-biggest lottery industry," 29 Aug. 2019 About four or five cruises are held each week, and tickets for adults cost $52. New York Times, "A Very Full Day at Snug Harbor on Staten Island (and Where to Eat and Drink Nearby)," 28 Aug. 2019 For his lifelong loyalty to the party and to balance the ticket, he was selected as the vice-presidential running mate under Franklin Pierce in 1852. Thomas Balcerski, Smithsonian, "The 175-Year History of Speculating About President James Buchanan’s Bachelorhood," 28 Aug. 2019 For more information about specific events taking place during the show or to learn pricing on VIP boxes and anniversary dinner tickets, contact Cris Warner at (818) 388-7441. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events," 27 Aug. 2019 Since then, Hollywood has made a handful of coy attempts to represent the events on-screen (ostensibly to channel women’s rage into views and ticket sales) with varying results. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartz at Work, "Bombshell might be the first great film about the Me Too movement," 27 Aug. 2019 By purchasing a ticket, passengers have implicitly consented to participating in clinical drug trials. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, "New Budget Airlines," 23 Aug. 2019 For information and tickets go to www.americanlobsterfest.com. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Great American Lobster Fest returning to Detroit on Sept. 13-15," 22 Aug. 2019 Everyone here is connected by a harrowing two minutes on June 27 at 10 a.m., when tickets for The Bell went live on Taco Bell’s website. Mitchell Kuga, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Stay at the Taco Bell Hotel in Palm Springs," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Beaufort County sheriff’s deputies would be able to ticket anyone who broke the rules. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 While Ticketmaster would like to ticket the NFL stadium, Kroenke will likely have to rely on Live Nation to provide content for concerts at both the stadium and an accompanying performing arts venue. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Ticketmaster Plans Longterm Role in Denver Working With Kroenke Sports and Entertainment," 26 July 2019 As for the warnings, Sliozis said drivers with past offenses on their driving record are more likely to be ticketed in the village. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "New report highlights Deerfield police’s approaches to fighting crime in 2018," 18 June 2019 Beer Enthusiasts ticket for $50 and includes early entry (by 45 minutes) and unlimited samples of beer and food. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A summer (and fall) guide to beer and cider festivals," 14 May 2018 Cordoba, of course, played the position sparingly last year in the majors as a Rule-5 pick and is likely ticketed for more minor league seasoning this year. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Friar talk: What if the Padres don't back up Freddy Galvis at shortstop?," 17 Feb. 2018 The camera system was expected to bring in significant revenue by collecting fees from motorists ticketed for driving around school bus stop arms. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Ex-Dallas County Schools superintendent who had 'perfect life' gets 7-year sentence for taking bribes," 7 Aug. 2019 Five actors play a shipload of characters in this new comedy, ticketed for a Sept. 29 to Oct. 20 engagement. Daily Pilot, "On Theater: South Coast Repertory introducing new plays for 2019-20 season," 5 Aug. 2019 The law says that drivers blocking faster traffic to the point of causing traffic hazard on freeways and state highways with more than one lane in each direction must move to the right lane when practicable or risk being pulled over and ticketed. Dana Ferguson, Twin Cities, "Beware ‘slowpokes’ in the left lane, Minnesota state law to change Aug. 1," 29 July 2019

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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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