• (RP) IPA: /kɑːˈtɛl/
  • (America) IPA: /kɑɹˈtɛl/

cartel (plural cartels)

  1. (economics) A group of businesses or nations that collude to limit competition within an industry or market.
    drug cartel
    car cartel
  2. (historical, politics) A combination of political groups (notably parties) for common action.
  3. (historical) A written letter of defiance or challenge.
    • 1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe; a Romance. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co. […], OCLC 230694662 ↗:
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Xerxes whipped the Sea, and writ a cartell of defiance to the hill Athos.
  4. (historical, legal) An official agreement concerning the exchange of prisoners.
    • 1832, Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra
      He then sent down a flag of truce in military style, proposing a cartel or exchange of prisoners – the corporal for the notary.
  5. (historical, nautical) A ship used to negotiate with an enemy in time of war, and to exchange prisoners.
Translations Translations
  • French: cartel
  • Russian: карте́ль
  • Russian: карте́ль
  • Russian: карте́ль

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