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[kar-uh t] /ˈkær ət/

a unit for measuring the fineness of gold, pure gold being 24 karats fine.
Abbreviation: k., kt.
(US & 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

variant of carat (q.v.). In U.S., karat is used for “proportion of fine gold in an alloy” and carat for “weight of a precious stone.”


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