Ticket of leave
Ticket Tick"et, n. [F. ['e]tiquette a label, ticket, fr. OF. estiquette, or OF. etiquet, estiquet; both of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. stick. See {Stick}, n. & v., and cf. {Etiquette}, {Tick} credit.] A small piece of paper, cardboard, or the like, serving as a notice, certificate, or distinguishing token of something. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A little note or notice. [Obs. or Local] [1913 Webster]

He constantly read his lectures twice a week for above forty years, giving notice of the time to his auditors in a ticket on the school doors. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] (b) A tradesman's bill or account. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Note: Hence the phrase on ticket, on account; whence, by abbreviation, came the phrase on tick. See 1st {Tick}. [1913 Webster]

Your courtier is mad to take up silks and velvets On ticket for his mistress. --J. Cotgrave. [1913 Webster] (c) A certificate or token of right of admission to a place of assembly, or of passage in a public conveyance; as, a theater ticket; a railroad or steamboat ticket. [1913 Webster] (d) A label to show the character or price of goods. [1913 Webster] (e) A certificate or token of a share in a lottery or other scheme for distributing money, goods, or the like. [1913 Webster] (f) (Politics) A printed list of candidates to be voted for at an election; a set of nominations by one party for election; a ballot. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

The old ticket forever! We have it by thirty-four votes. --Sarah Franklin (1766). [1913 Webster]

{Scratched ticket}, a ticket from which the names of one or more of the candidates are scratched out.

{Split ticket}, a ticket representing different divisions of a party, or containing candidates selected from two or more parties.

{Straight ticket}, a ticket containing the regular nominations of a party, without change.

{Ticket day} (Com.), the day before the settling or pay day on the stock exchange, when the names of the actual purchasers are rendered in by one stockbroker to another. [Eng.] --Simmonds.

{Ticket of leave}, a license or permit given to a convict, or prisoner of the crown, to go at large, and to labor for himself before the expiration of his sentence, subject to certain specific conditions. [Eng.] --Simmonds.

{Ticket porter}, a licensed porter wearing a badge by which he may be identified. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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