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proportion of pure gold used with an alloy: Her earrings were made of 24 karat gold.
Not to be confused with:
carat – the weight of precious stones, especially diamonds: The stone in her engagement ring was over two carats.
caret – a writer’s and a proofreader’s mark: A caret is a symbol that is used to indicate where material is to be inserted in a document.
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also car·at  (kăr′ət)
n. Abbr. k or kt.
A unit of measure for the fineness of gold, equal to 1/24 part. Pure gold is 24 karat; gold that is 50 percent pure is 12 karat.

[Variant of carat.]
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(Units) US and Canadian a measure of the proportion of gold in an alloy, expressed as the number of parts of gold in 24 parts of the alloy. Also spelt (in Britain and certain other countries): carat
[C16: from Old French, from Medieval Latin carratus, from Arabic qīrāt weight of four grains, carat, from Greek keration a little horn, from keras horn]
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or car•at

(ˈkær ət)

a unit for measuring the fineness of gold, pure gold being 24 karats fine. Abbr.: k., kt.
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A unit of weight equal to 200 mg (3.1 grains). Also used as a measure of gold purity (per 24 parts gold alloy).
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Noun1.karat - the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy; 18-karat gold is 75% gold; 24-karat gold is pure gold
unit, unit of measurement - any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange; "the dollar is the United States unit of currency"; "a unit of wheat is a bushel"; "change per unit volume"
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