30 September 2004

carnet - Word for the Day, September 30

carnet · kar-nei; -net · noun
1. An official pass or permit, especially one for crossing national boundaries.
2. A book of postage stamps.
3. A subway or commuter railway ticket, for a week or month (French or Canadian).
Etymology: French, carnet, "notebook," from Old French quernet, "pocket notebook," from quaer, "quire." [See quire, abbr. qr. or q.; a set of 24 or sometimes 25 sheets of paper of the same size and stock; one twentieth of a ream; or a collection of leaves of parchment or paper, folded one within the other, in a manuscript or book].

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