Definition of karat in English:

karat

(British carat)

noun

  • A measure of the purity of gold, pure gold being 24 karats.

    ‘an ounce of 24-karat gold’
    • ‘They are framed in hand-gilded, 22 - karat gold and include a blue-green lacquer insert to highlight the beauty of the flowers.’
    • ‘This was a coin with a guaranteed weight of 8 grammes of 22 - karat gold.’
    • ‘For gold, high karats mean intense color but less durability.’
    • ‘Opening it, he showed her a beautiful diamond, surrounded by 14 karat white gold.’
    • ‘The 10-inch Bowie knife depicts the bighorn sheep in its native range and is etched and highlighted with 24 - karat gold, copper and silver.’
    • ‘Jerry designed the enormous frames, which are all hand-carved, layered with red clay and water gilded with 22 - karat gold.’
    • ‘‘Belladonna’ measures 40 by 32 inches and will be released in a paper and a canvas edition - both are hand embellished by the artist with 24 karat solid gold.’
    • ‘As for the vital stats of the bauble, it is bejewelled with 8,000 diamonds weighing 200 karats, set in over a kilo of 18 - karat pink gold.’
    • ‘Hers is an 18 - karat gold ring with a ruby or other precious stone.’
    • ‘The statuette is made from the alloy Britannia and electroplated in copper, nickel, and silver, then hand-dipped in 24 - karat gold.’
    • ‘‘Because, Adam, this ‘little strip of metal’ is thirty-six karat gold,’ she stated matter-of-factly, and I glared at her.’
    • ‘As a final touch, the serigraphs were accented with 24 - karat gold.’
    • ‘A lower karat number indicates a lower percentage of true gold mixed together with a higher percentage of added metals, which makes, nicely enough, for a stronger ring.’
    • ‘The base itself is made up of a near-transparent orange shell, and a 21 karat plated copper base.’
    • ‘Ornate gold necklaces, heavily engraved gold bangles and gold sovereigns - eight grams of pure 22 - karat gold - dance across the television screen.’
    • ‘Ninety percent of the store's offerings are gilded in 22 to 23 karats or 12 - karat white gold, according to Carroll.’
    • ‘This piece features two small Plexiglas boxes set on a high pedestal, each containing five bullets of different gauges with rounded or pointed heads, which the artist had cast in 22 - karat gold.’
    • ‘Look for surgical-grade steel, titanium, 14-or 18 - karat gold, or a metal called niobium.’
    • ‘The spike, 69 inches long, was similarly computer-designed and machined, in stainless steel plated with 24 - karat gold.’
    • ‘The weights - made of zinc and plated with 24 - karat gold - are non-magnetic and durable.’
    pure, 24-carat, unalloyed, unmixed, unadulterated, genuine, complete
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Pronunciation

karat

/ˈkerət/