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 ticket (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 That’s enough to cover your round-trip ticket to New York from Anchorage. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic-hit airlines are digging into the ‘fare war’ playbook with deals for Alaska travelers," 6 Mar. 2021 Woods purchased her ticket at the Sunoco gas station located at 58955 Gratiot Avenue in New Haven. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "'Gut feeling' made Macomb County woman buy Mega Millions ticket that won $1M," 5 Mar. 2021 Despite eventually showing his movie ticket to staff, Shelton was ultimately escorted out of the theater by police and denied a refund. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix man suing AMC movie theaters over allegation they racially profiled him," 4 Mar. 2021 Trump pardoned Collins in a rush of late-term clemency orders. Cuomo, in 2014, added Hochul to his ticket for a second term, hoping to gain support with the more conservative areas of upstate New York. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo Lt. Gov. Hochul rose to power through decades of New York scandals," 4 Mar. 2021 The Bees punched their ticket to the district finals for a section straight year by grinding out a 42-35 win against Copley (14-10). Matt Goul, cleveland, "Is Lorain’s Jamir Billings the best on-ball defender in Ohio? Five points for the OHSAA boys basketball tournament," 4 Mar. 2021 Brian Delaney checked his ticket, found his seats and then sat down for a minute in the sunshine. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Cubs-Mariners MLB spring training live stream (3/3): How to watch online, TV info, time," 3 Mar. 2021 Fans are encouraged to save their ticket to their mobile wallet prior to arriving for easier access into the venue. Staff Report, The Courier-Journal, "Going to watch Kentucky in SEC men's basketball tournament? Here's what you need to know," 3 Mar. 2021 If the Musketeers win at Georgetown on Tuesday, then at Marquette on Saturday night, their Madness ticket likely will be punched. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: We're turning a corner as Bearcats, Musketeers deliver shots of hope," 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Before the ordinance, police could ticket drivers in vehicles for speeding or reckless driving. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Street racing in Dallas and car takeovers have gotten worse during the pandemic," 2 Dec. 2020 Superintendent Ken Wallace said a decision has already been made not to ticket students who are caught vaping or in possession of vaping devices on school campuses this school year. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Is underage vaping a police or public health issue? Park Ridge aldermen to revisit ordinance after tickets issued to high schoolers," 16 Oct. 2020 To that end, officers and state troopers from around the state are participating in a special effort to ticket drivers who are illegally using their cellphones. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Anti-texting campaign aims to stop Connecticut distracted driving deaths," 2 Oct. 2020 The virtual events will be available to ticket holders via NewFest's on-demand platform. NBC News, "New York LGBTQ film festival to open with lesbian romance 'Ammonite'," 24 Sep. 2020 The estate’s official website explains that parking spots will be given to ticket holders on a first-come, first-serve basis. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "Queen Elizabeth’s Country Home Will Become a Drive-in Movie Theater for One Weekend," 10 Sep. 2020 The officers discussed booking the man for robbery, but instead decided to ticket him and take him to the Rescue Mission downtown. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Milwaukee police officers resigned rather than be fired after being caught on video punching a robbery suspect," 9 Sep. 2020 Amaya made the news briefly in 2016 when he was accused of staking out cabdrivers to ticket them idling near Arlington National Cemetery. Washington Post, "Trial date set for Ghaisar civil suit in Park Police shooting, but U.S. wants delay," 21 Aug. 2020 Broward County’s nighttime curfew is over, but the move comes with a more aggressive effort to ticket anyone who violates coronavirus orders. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward’s nightly curfew is over. The new strategy: Lots more code enforcers.," 3 Aug. 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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8 Mar 2021

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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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