10 / 12 / 2008

CARAT: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's word isCarat (usually spelled karat in US English)

Meaning 1: a unit for measuring how pure gold is. The purest gold is 24 carats.  

Example 1:
He bought his fiancée an 18-carat gold ring.

Interestingly, the pronunciation of carat (quilate) is exactly the same as carrot (zanahoria).

Meaning 2: a carat is also a unit for measuring the weight of diamonds and other precious stones. A carat is equal to 200 milligrams.

Example 2:
She bought her daughter a one carat diamond ring for her graduation. They must have a lot of money.

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