Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A combination of independent business organizations formed to regulate production, pricing, and marketing of goods by the members.
  • n. An official agreement between governments at war, especially one concerning the exchange of prisoners.
  • n. A group of parties, factions, or nations united in a common cause; a bloc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of businesses or nations that collude to limit competition within an industry or market.
  • n. A combination of political groups (notably parties) for common action
  • n. A written letter of defiance or challenge.
  • n. An official agreement concerning the exchange of prisoners.
  • n. A ship used to negotiate with an enemy in time of war, and to exchange prisoners.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An agreement between belligerents for the exchange of prisoners.
  • n. A letter of defiance or challenge; a challenge to single combat.
  • n. a ship employed in the exchange of prisoners, or in carrying propositions to an enemy; a ship beating a flag of truce and privileged from capture.
  • transitive v. To defy or challenge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To defy; challenge to a duel. Also chartel.
  • n. A writing or an agreement between states, especially when at war, as for the exchange of prisoners, or for some mutual advantage.
  • n. A letter of defiance or challenge; a challenge to single combat.
  • n. Formerly also chartel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service

Etymologies

German Kartell, from French cartel, from Italian cartello, placard, from Medieval Latin cartellus, charter, diminutive of Latin charta, carta, paper made from papyrus; see card1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cartel, from Italian cartello, diminutive of carta ("card, page"), from Latin charta. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It seems inevitable that the label cartel will attempt to use the marks to inflict liability on users if music bearing their email address appears online.

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  • To worry about the integrity of the cartel is absurd.

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  • Big Music KrAPPy ruling p2pnet. net News: - The Big Four record label cartel is claiming a victory in Korea.

    Big Music KrAPPy ruling

  • MusicGiants, Big Four deal p2p news/p2pnet: - MusicGiants, offering 1,100 kbps downloads for not a lot more than the Big Four record label cartel is trying to flog its seriously over-priced and lossy (128 – 192 kbps) mp3s, has reached a licensing deal with the cartel.

    MusicGiants, Big Four deal

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  • A new report from the Consumer Federation of America says traditional real estate agents have formed what they call a cartel; one that is keeping commission fees high.

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  • CNN: Documents: Slain cartel member feared for his life

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  • The Tijuana cartel is battling the Juárez and Sinaloa cartels for control of the Arizona and Texas routes.

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  • The Sinaloa cartel is linked to the Juárez cartel in a strategic alliance following the partnership of their rivals, the Gulf and Tijuana cartels.

    Safety in lakeside

  • However, in most cases where no cartel is formed, the market forces will create competition for local products, and cause prices to drop.

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