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[tik-it] /ˈtɪk ɪt/
a slip, usually of paper or cardboard, serving as evidence that the holder has paid a fare or admission or is entitled to some service, right, or the like:
a railroad ticket; a theater ticket.
a summons issued for a traffic or parking violation.
a written or printed slip of paper, cardboard, etc., affixed to something to indicate its nature, price, or the like; label or tag.
a slate of candidates nominated by a particular party or faction and running together in an election.
the license of a ship's officer or of an aviation pilot.
Banking. a preliminary recording of transactions prior to their entry in more permanent books of account.
Informal. the proper or advisable thing:
That's the ticket! Warm milk and toast is just the ticket for you.
Archaic. a placard.
Obsolete. a short note, notice, or memorandum.
verb (used with object)
to attach a ticket to; distinguish by means of a ticket; label.
to furnish with a ticket, as on the railroad.
to serve with a summons for a traffic or parking violation.
to attach such a summons to:
to ticket illegally parked cars.
have tickets on oneself, Australian Slang. to be conceited.
1520-30; 1925-30 for def 4; earlier tiket < Middle French etiquet memorandum. See etiquette
Related forms
ticketless, adjective
reticket, verb (used with object)
unticketed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ticket
  • He does not ask for a round-trip ticket, but for a return ticket.
  • Sometimes the hoopla translates into increased ticket sales for those nominees still playing in theaters.
  • The pink fad spread from sleepers and crib sheets to big-ticket items such as strollers, car seats and riding toys.
  • For those of you over-paid folk with smart phones e-ink may not be the ticket for browsing the web and playing games.
  • The driver rolls down the window and presses a red button that instantly spews out a parking ticket.
  • Or, one supposes, you could wind up with a ticket for someone else.
  • Easy waiting should automatically be part of every air line's service even if it adds a bit to the price of a ticket.
  • My advice to you is to buy your plane ticket and take a lesson plan with you let us know how it goes.
  • With little help from us, movie world will gladly follow the changes in the broader society if that means ticket sales.
  • There's a really long wait, but then a stranger shows up with a ticket he says he needs to give away because he's claustrophobic.
British Dictionary definitions for ticket


  1. a piece of paper, cardboard, etc, showing that the holder is entitled to certain rights, such as travel on a train or bus, entry to a place of public entertainment, etc
  2. (modifier) concerned with or relating to the issue, sale, or checking of tickets: a ticket office, ticket collector
a piece of card, cloth, etc, attached to an article showing information such as its price, size, or washing instructions
a summons served for a parking offence or violation of traffic regulations
(informal) the certificate of competence issued to a ship's captain or an aircraft pilot
(mainly US & NZ) the group of candidates nominated by one party in an election; slate
(mainly US) the declared policy of a political party at an election
(Brit, informal) a certificate of discharge from the armed forces
(informal) the right or appropriate thing: that's the ticket
(Austral, informal) have tickets on oneself, have got tickets on oneself, to be conceited
verb (transitive) -ets, -eting, -eted
to issue or attach a ticket or tickets to
(informal) to earmark for a particular purpose
See also tickets
Derived Forms
ticketing, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French etiquet, from estiquier to stick on, from Middle Dutch steken to stick²
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Word Origin and History for ticket

1520s, "short note or document," from a shortened form of Middle French etiquet "label, note," from Old French estiquette "a little note" (late 14c.), especially one affixed to a gate or wall as a public notice, from estiquer "to affix, stick on, attach," from Frankish *stikkan, cognate with Old English stician "to pierce" (see stick (v.)).

Meaning "card or piece of paper that gives its holder a right or privilege" is first recorded 1670s, probably developing from the sense of "certificate, license, permit." The political sense of "list of candidates put forward by a faction" has been used in American English since 1711. Meaning "official notification of offense" is from 1930; parking ticket first attested 1947. Big ticket item is from 1970. Slang the ticket "just the thing, what is expected" is recorded from 1838, perhaps with notion of a winning lottery ticket.


1610s, from ticket (n.). Related: Ticketed; ticketing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ticket

ticked off

adj phr,adj

Angry; pissed off, tee'd off: Steve Kemp is ticked off (1959+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with ticket
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