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a. A paper slip or card indicating that its holder has paid for or is entitled to a specified service, right, or consideration: a theater ticket; an airline ticket.
b. An e-ticket.
2. A certifying document, especially a captain's or pilot's license.
3. An identifying or descriptive tag attached to merchandise; a label.
4. A list of candidates proposed or endorsed by a political party; a slate.
5. A legal notice to a person charged with a violation of law, especially a minor violation.
6. The proper or desirable thing: A change of scene would be just the ticket for us.
7. Informal A means to an end: "He went to Washington ... to become press secretary ... it was his ticket out of the Delta" (Nicholas Lamann).
tr.v. tick·et·ed, tick·et·ing, tick·ets
1. To provide with a ticket for passage or admission: ticket all passengers through to Amsterdam.
2. To attach a ticket to; tag: items that are ticketed in a pawnshop window.
3. To designate for a specified use or end; destine: funds that have been ticketed for research.
4. To serve (a person) with a notice of legal violation: ticket a speeding motorist.

[Obsolete French etiquet, label, note, from Old French estiquet, post serving as a target in certain sports, notice, label, from estiquier, to stick, of Germanic origin; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
informal South African the end; that was it
[of unknown origin]
References in classic literature ?
Then will you go at once and secure tickets for to-night's boat, and bring them here?
Some, with tickets in their hats (long travellers these, before whom lay a hundred miles of railroad), had plunged into the English scenery and adventures of pamphlet novels, and were keeping company with dukes and earls.
The policemen in the district all belonged to the league, and instead of suppressing the fights, they sold tickets for them.
Thar's some tickets in that ar old cracked jug on the top shelf," said Dinah.
The frowsy woman who sat at the desk in the lobby of the great Friederichsbad and sold bath tickets, not only insulted me twice every day, with rigid fidelity to her great trust, but she took trouble enough to cheat me out of a shilling, one day, to have fairly entitled her to ten.
He waylaid other boys as they came, and went on buying tickets of various colors ten or fifteen minutes longer.
You take your tickets for a place previously determined on, and I take the chaise back to York.
But I'm afraid we haven't money enough to buy the tickets.
She comes with us to take care of me; I have tickets for everybody," said Trefusis, handing the woman in.
They contained the usual collection of cards, invitations to dinner, tickets for private views, programmes of charity concerts, and the like that are showered on fashionable young men every morning during the season.
But 'tis the second time I have had special tickets to a show from beneath the bushes, and I cannot forbear my delight.
I shall have all tickets and so forth for our journey.