Definition of ticket noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɪkɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪkɪt//
    Elections, Train and bus travel
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  1. 1  ticket (for/to something) a printed piece of paper that gives you the right to travel on a particular bus, train, etc. or to go into a theatre, etc. a bus/theatre/plane, etc. ticket free tickets to the show Tickets are available from the Arts Centre at £5.00. a ticket office/machine/collector (figurative) She hoped that getting this job would finally be her ticket to success. see also meal ticket, return ticket, season ticket See related entries: Train and bus travel
  2. 2  a printed piece of paper with a number or numbers on it, that you buy in order to have the chance of winning a prize if the number or numbers are later chosen a lottery/raffle ticket There are three winning tickets.
  3. 3  a label that is attached to something in a shop/store giving details of its price, size, etc.
  4. 4an official notice that orders you to pay a fine because you have done something illegal while driving or parking your car synonym fine a parking/speeding ticket
  5. 5[usually singular] (especially North American English) a list of candidates that are supported by a particular political party in an election She ran for office on the Democratic ticket. see also dream ticket See related entries: Elections
  6. Word Originearly 16th cent. (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.Extra examples Concessionary tickets are available at half the standard price. He ran on the Republican ticket. He showed the guard his ticket. I bought a ticket for the concert. I bought a whole book of raffle tickets and I still didn’t win anything. I generally vote a split ticket. I had complimentary tickets for the show. I have a free ticket to the game. I’m voting the straight Democratic ticket. I’ve got a free ticket to the match. I’ve got complimentary tickets for the theatre. Phone the ticket line on this number. The police officer gave us a ticket for going through a red light. There are three candidates on the national ticket. There had been talk of Kennedy dropping LBJ from the ticket in ’64. Use the coupon below to reserve advance tickets for the exhibition. You must hold a valid ticket before boarding the train. You must hold a valid ticket for your entire journey before boarding the train. a first-class rail ticket a plane ticket to New York a ticket for Saturday admission by ticket only an annual season ticketIdioms (South African English, informal) be the end It's tickets for the team that loses.
    just the ticket (British English also just the job)
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    (informal, approving) exactly what is needed in a particular situation
    (US English, politics) to vote for candidates from more than one party (old-fashioned, informal) used to say that something is just what is needed or that everything is just right Are we all packed and ready to go? That’s the ticket.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ticket