Karat meaning

kărət
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A unit of measure for the fineness of gold, equal to124 part. Pure gold is 24 karat; gold that is 50 percent pure is 12 karat.
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One 24th part: a measure of the relative amount of pure gold combined with an alloy.
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A measure of the amount of gold that is in a piece of jewelry. Pure gold is 24-karat. A 14-karat ring, for example, is 1⁄24th gold and 10⁄24th alloy.
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(US) A unit of fineness or concentration of gold equalling 1/24 part of gold in an alloy.
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Origin of karat

  • Variant of carat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Middle French carat, from Medieval Latin carratus.

    From Wiktionary