carat
I. variant of karat II. noun Etymology: Middle English carrat measure of fineness in gold, from Middle French carat measure of fineness in gold or of weight in gems, from Italian carato, from Arabic qīrāṭ bean pod, a small weight, from Greek keration carob bean, a small weight, from diminutive of kerat-, keras horn — more at horn Date: 1555 a unit of weight for precious stones equal to 200 milligrams

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  • carat — [ kara ] n. m. • 1355; it. carato, ar. qîrât « petit poids »; gr. keration « tiers d obole » 1 ♦ Chaque vingt quatrième d or fin contenu dans une quantité d or. Or à dix huit carats. 2 ♦ Métrol. Unité de mesure de masse valant 0,2 gramme,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Carat — or karat may refer to:In the gem business: * Carat (mass), a unit of mass for gemstones, equal to 0.2 gram * Carat (purity) or karat, a unit of purity for goldIn entertainment: * Carat (board game), an abstract tile based German style board game… …   Wikipedia

  • carat — CARÁT, carate, s.n. 1. Indice pentru conţinutul relativ în aur al aliajelor acestuia, egal cu a 24 a parte din masa totală. 2. Unitate de măsură a greutăţii pietrelor preţioase, egală cu 0,2 grame. [var.: carátă s.f.] – Din fr. carat. Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • Carat — Car at (k[a^]r [a^]t), n. [F. carat (cf. It. carato, OPg. quirate, Pg. & Sp. quilate), Ar. q[imac]r[=a]t bean or pea shell, a weight of four grains, a carat, fr. Gr. kera tion a little horn, the fruit of the carob tree, a weight, a carat. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carat — car‧at [ˈkærət] noun [countable] 1. also karat a measurement used to show how pure gold is: • a 22 carat gold chain 2. a measurement equal to 200 Milligrams on the scale of measurement for the weight of jewels …   Financial and business terms

  • carat — CARAT. s. m. Certain titre, certain degré de bonté et de perfection dans l or. Il ne se dit point des autres métaux. De l or à vingt carats, au vingt et unième carat. Il n y a point dans le commerce, d or à vingt quatre carats. f♛/b] On dit… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • cărat — CĂRÁT s.n. 1. Acţiunea de a (se) căra; transport de materiale (în cantitate mare). 2. Timpul când se cară fânul sau recolta. – v. căra. Trimis de valeriu, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  CĂRÁT s. cărare, ducere, dus, purtare, transport, transportare …   Dicționar Român

  • carat — (n.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. carat measure of the fineness of gold (14c.), from It. carato, from Arabic qirat pod, husk, weight of 4 grains, from Gk. keration carob seed, lit. little horn dim. of keras horn (see KERATO (Cf. kerato )). Carob beans… …   Etymology dictionary

  • carat — CARAT. s. m. Certain degré de bonté & de perfection de l or. Il ne se dit point des autres metaux. De l or à vingt carats, au vingt & uniéme carat. il n y a point d or à vingt quatre carats. On dit prov. & fig. qu Un homme est sot, est… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • carat — carat, caret Carat (AmE karat) is a measure of the purity of gold; caret is a mark (λ) for showing an insertion in printing or writing …   Modern English usage

  • carat — [kar′ət] n. [Fr < It carato < Ar qīrāt, pod, husk, weight of 4 grains < Gr keration, little horn, carob seed, carat, dim. of keras, HORN] 1. a unit of weight for precious stones and pearls, equal to 3.0864 grains (200 milligrams): abbrev …   English World dictionary

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