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[kahr-tel] /kɑrˈtɛl/
an international syndicate, combine, or trust formed especially to regulate prices and output in some field of business.
a coalition of political or special-interest groups having a common cause, as to encourage the passage of a certain law.
a written agreement between belligerents, especially for the exchange of prisoners.
a written challenge to a duel.
1550-60; < Middle French < Italian cartello letter of defiance, poster, equivalent to cart(a) carte + -ello diminutive suffix
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cartelism, noun
1. monopoly, merger, combination. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cartels
  • They are complete mental pawns to the neocon military-industrial complex and the oil cartels.
  • If only there were a policy solution that would instantly eliminate the profits of those cartels.
  • Under certain market conditions, cartels arise naturally without collusion.
  • The problem with the collusion argument is that cartels are by nature unstable.
  • cartels that form by collusion are illegal and clearly not in the interests of the general population.
  • The drug cartels are building their own armored trucks.
  • cartels are good at public executions, but they are also skilled at hiding bodies when necessary.
  • At the same time the fines levied on convicted cartels started to increase, inducing more firms to come clean.
  • The drug cartels became accustomed to making money had over fist with slightly little resistance.
  • Predicting the traffickers' next moves has become harder because many cartels have split into smaller groups.
British Dictionary definitions for cartels


Also called trust. a collusive international association of independent enterprises formed to monopolize production and distribution of a product or service, control prices, etc
(politics) an alliance of parties or interests to further common aims
Word Origin
C20: from German Kartell, from French, from Italian cartello a written challenge, public notice, diminutive of cartacard1
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Word Origin and History for cartels



1550s, "a written challenge," from Middle French cartel (16c.), from Italian cartello "placard," diminutive of carta "card" (see card (n.1)). It came to mean "written agreement between challengers" (1690s) and then "a written agreement between challengers" (1889). Sense of "a commercial trust, an association of industrialists" comes 1902, via German Kartell, which is from French. The older U.S. term for that is trust (n.). The usual German name for them was Interessengemeinschaft, abbreviated IG.

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cartels in Culture
cartel [(kahr-tel)]

An association in which producers of a similar or identical product try to obtain a monopoly over the sale of the product.

Note: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a cartel.
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