Definition of ticket in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪkɪt/


1A piece of paper or card that gives the holder a certain right, especially to enter a place, travel by public transport, or participate in an event: admission is by ticket only
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  • However, it is necessary to use a paper ticket for international travel.
  • These days the travelers validate their purple tickets or season ticket coupons at automatic turnstiles.
  • Although technically open to the public, entry was limited to holders of scarce tickets of admission.
pass, warrant, authorization, licence, permit;
token, coupon, voucher;
carnet, season ticket, rover, complimentary ticket, chit, slip, card, stub, counterfoil;
North American  rain check
informal comp, ducat
British informal chitty
rare laissez-passer, firman
1.1A receipt for goods that have been received.
Example sentences
  • Some have a Post Office or bank-like flavour to them, with clerks waiting behind grilles to receive customers' bets and issue tickets as receipts.
1.2A piece of paper or card bought as a way of entering a lottery or raffle: the two winning tickets, bought within days of each other, went unclaimed
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  • On a whim, he bought two more lottery tickets in early July of this year.
  • In the morning, I stumbled out to the newsagent to buy a lottery ticket to send my sister for her birthday.
  • The raffle tickets were $20 each.
1.3(In information technology) a request logged on a work tracking system detailing an issue that needs to be addressed or task that must be performed: if you have opened a ticket and it’s not yet been resolved, then there is no need for you to open a new one they closed the ticket without doing anything
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  • Currently we have 16 customer tickets open with speed-related issues.
  • They acknowledged that I was not getting what I was paying for, and opened a ticket to look into what was going on.
  • He determined that the modem and software must be working fine and ok'd the ticket to be closed as a probable issue with the caller's home phone lines.
1.4 (ticket to/out of) A method of getting into or out of (a specified state or situation): drugs are seen as the only ticket out of poverty companies that appeared to have a one-way ticket to profitability
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  • Combining moves from more unusual dance methods can be the ticket to standing out in a performance or audition.
  • Jay's ticket to the big time is his band Archangel, and therein lies his problem.
  • It was my ticket to untold riches, until I discovered that like all the best ideas someone had already thought of it.
2A certificate or warrant, in particular:
2.1An official notice of a traffic offence: the officer issued Rhodes a speeding ticket
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  • The fact of the matter is that the police see a range of policing as important to reduce crime, including the issuing of tickets for traffic offences.
  • Ideally, punishment for marijuana-related offences would be similar to a traffic ticket, or an open alcohol offence.
  • Endorsable tickets for offences such as speeding and passing red lights, lead to three points on your licence and a £60 fine.
notice, notification, warning, certificate
2.2A certificate of qualification as a ship’s master, pilot, or other crew member.
Example sentences
  • He went to work for the Northern Steamship Company and obtained his master's ticket in 1946.
  • It held that the exculpatory clause in Russell’s pilot ticket, which is standard in the maritime industry, effectively barred claims against him for simple negligence.
2.3British A certificate of discharge from the army.
3A label attached to a retail product, giving its price, size, and other details.
Example sentences
  • They have price tickets and bar codes attached.
  • Shipped in a large container from somewhere in the Far East or Eastern Europe, the label and the price ticket will probably have been added in a sweatshop in the north of England.
label, tag, sticker, slip, tally, tab, marker, docket
4 [in singular] chiefly North American A list of candidates put forward by a party in an election: his presence on the Republican ticket
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  • Not wanting to run on the same ticket as the LaRouche candidates, Stevenson was listed on the ballot as an independent that year.
  • On December 1, both parties announced they will be fielding a joint ticket of candidates under the name of the Kurdish Unity List.
  • For this reason, parties seek to ensure that their own voters follow the party ticket and transfer their votes to another candidate of the same party.
4.1A set of principles or policies supported by a party in an election: he stood for office on a strong right-wing, no-nonsense ticket
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  • These numbers suggest that a coalition of Islamic parties supporting a single ticket could have won the presidency.
  • The team is expected to lobby several political parties in a bid to win their support for the ticket in the runoff, he said.
  • Alan Jones is an old mate of Turnbull's and naturally supports the ticket and the new constitution.
5 (the ticket) informal The desirable or correct thing: a wet spring would be just the ticket for the garden
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  • Once I read his article, I slapped myself in the head and thought ‘Oh my God, that's the ticket!’
  • Hey, that's the ticket: a prime-time presidential address.
  • Yeah, that's the ticket, deliver two months ahead of schedule.
6 [with adjective] Scottish & US informal A person of a specified kind: I think you’re all a bunch of sick tickets

verb (tickets, ticketing, ticketed)

[with object]
1Issue (someone) with an official notice of a traffic offence: park illegally and you are likely to be ticketed
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  • Traffic wardens were powerless to ticket him because the law says penalties cannot be given out if the lines are obscured.
  • The driver was duly ticketed, then the traffic warden flew home, presumably satisfied with his busman's holiday.
  • I hope the next cop who tickets me looks just like that, fishnet stockings and all!
2 (be ticketed) (Of a passenger) be issued with a travel ticket: passengers can now get electronically ticketed (as adjective ticketed) ticketed passengers
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  • His last name matches that of a passenger who was ticketed to board flight 68 but did not show up, the officials said.
  • Those who made it on the ill-fated planes were ticketed passengers but some apparently used aliases, officials said.
  • All Mileage Plus award reservations on Mexicana must be booked and ticketed by Dec. 31, and travel must be completed by March 31.
2.1North American Be destined for a specified state or position: they were sure that Downing was ticketed for greatness
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  • Some Indians officials fear Ramirez is ticketed for one of the New York teams.
  • Also ticketed for EU sanctions are fresh apples, pears, and rice from the US.
  • The animal was then ticketed for rendering and subsequently very quickly disappeared.
3 (be ticketed) (Of a retail product) be marked with a label giving its price, size, and other details: the sports jacket had been ticketed at two hundred dollars (as adjective ticketed) the ticketed price
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  • When I found my VCD player, I was offered a 9 percent discount after my first show of negativity regarding the ticketed price.
  • We are committed to partnering with those vendors willing to ship ticketed merchandise.
  • Radio Frequency (RF) labels provide well ticketed products that stimulate impulse buying and can increase sales dramatically.



be tickets

South African informal Be the end: if that man talks to the police, it’s tickets for him

have tickets on oneself

Australian /NZ informal Be excessively proud of oneself: she dressed me up fit to kill and I must confess I had a few tickets on myself as I walked
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  • Here's a star centre who, unlike many in the Auckland and Canterbury teams, doesn't have tickets on himself.
  • Oooh, he certainly has tickets on himself, doesn't he?
  • Some people have tickets on themselves; other people just sniff and say ‘if you need to ask, you couldn't afford me.’

punch one's ticket

US informal Deliberately undertake particular assignments that are likely to lead to promotion at work: Giles had punched his ticket at all the right stops within the journal
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  • Last Sunday, the Terrapins punched their ticket to an eleventh straight NCAA tournament with an uninspiring, painful to watch victory over a mediocre University of Virginia team.
  • He had punched his ticket as a climbing Sherpa, but the next challenge was to make his mark on Everest.
  • Johannesburg kept his record perfect and punched his ticket for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile later this month.
3.1(In sport) ensure one’s progress to a further contest or tournament: in scoring 13 points, they punched their ticket to the Super Bowl in Jacksonville
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  • That's not to say some big names weren't still looking to punch their ticket to 2004-05.
  • The Bucs still have tough games against New England and Atlanta before they can punch their ticket to the playoffs.
  • Last year the Saints had to sneak into the B.C.s via the back-door but would rather punch their ticket more easily this time out.

write one's (own) ticket

North American informal Dictate one’s own terms: a woman with a PhD in engineering could write her own ticket at any Canadian school
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  • Following his successful career as a stand-up comedian and a stint on Saturday Night Live, Murphy practically wrote his own ticket for success.
  • I believe that you write your own ticket, and that you prepare yourself for the kind of life you want to lead (whether or not you ultimately live up to that, is also your choice).
  • He'd been in Recruitment for a while now, everyone in-house knew it was the fast-track, if you did well you could write your own ticket to a good position anywhere.


Early 16th century (in the general senses 'short written note' and 'a licence or permit'): shortening of obsolete French étiquet, from Old French estiquet(te), from estiquier 'to fix', from Middle Dutch steken. Compare with etiquette.

  • This is a shortening of an Old French word estiquette, which is also the origin of etiquette. A ticket was originally a ‘short written note’ and ‘a licence or permit’— the use for a piece of paper or card giving admission or permission to travel dates from the late 17th century.

Words that rhyme with ticket

cricket, midwicket, picket, picquet, piquet, pricket, snicket, thicket, wicket

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