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

ticketless, adjective
reticket, verb (used with object)
unticketed, adjective
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ticket (ˈtɪkɪt)
1.  a.  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
 b.  (modifier) concerned with or relating to the issue, sale, or checking of tickets: a ticket office; ticket collector
2.  a piece of card, cloth, etc, attached to an article showing information such as its price, size, or washing instructions
3.  a summons served for a parking offence or violation of traffic regulations
4.  informal the certificate of competence issued to a ship's captain or an aircraft pilot
5.  chiefly (US), (NZ) the group of candidates nominated by one party in an election; slate
6.  chiefly (US) the declared policy of a political party at an election
7.  informal (Brit) a certificate of discharge from the armed forces
8.  informal the right or appropriate thing: that's the ticket
9.  informal (Austral) have tickets on oneself, have got tickets on oneself to be conceited
vb , -ets, -eting, -eted
10.  to issue or attach a ticket or tickets to
11.  informal to earmark for a particular purpose
[C17: from Old French etiquet, from estiquier to stick on, from Middle Dutch steken to stick²]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, "short note or document," from an aphetic form of M.Fr. etiquet "label, note," from O.Fr. estiquette "a little note" (late 14c.), especially one affixed to a gate or wall as a public notice, from estiquer "to affix, stick," from Frank. *stikkan, cognate with O.E. stician "to pierce" (see
stick (v.)). Meaning "card or piece of paper that gives its holder a right or privilege" is first recorded 1673, 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 Amer.Eng. since 1711. The verb is first recorded 1610s. 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.
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