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[kahr-ney; French kar-ne] /kɑrˈneɪ; French karˈnɛ/
noun, plural carnets
[kahr-neyz; French kar-ne] /kɑrˈneɪz; French karˈnɛ/ (Show IPA)
a customs document allowing an automobile to be driven at no cost across international borders.
Origin of carnet
1895-1900; < French: notebook, book of tickets; Middle French quernet, equivalent to quern- (compare quaer (with loss of n) group of four sheets; see cahier) + -et -et Unabridged
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Examples from the web for carnet
  • Animals are allowed with a health carnet detailing immunization records.
  • The carnet serves as a guarantee against the payment of duties which may become due if the merchandise is not re-exported.
British Dictionary definitions for carnet


  1. a customs licence authorizing the temporary importation of a motor vehicle
  2. an official document permitting motorists to cross certain frontiers
a book of tickets, travel coupons, etc
Word Origin
French: notebook, from Old French quernet, ultimately from Latin quaternī four at a time; see quire1
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