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Origin and Meaning of Cartel

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  • A user from Pennsylvania, United States says the name Cartel is of Italian origin and means "Cartel ([kahr-tel)] Noun 1.) A written challenges ; public notices 2.) Politics an alliance of parties or interests ; independents to further common aims 3.) An association\producers similar or identical which trys to obtain a product of monopoly etc 4.) Sense of commercial trust , an association of industrialists" Name meaning : [mperor/mperss] "Car*tel/Kar*tel" , Kartell\Kartelo\Caratella\Cartello Leader, boss -of-bosses , commander , chief , master , protector , rigorous, tough, brave, confident, mastery , dominant , domineer, oversee, ambitious , attractive, admirable, fine, desirable, savvy, wise , educated, intelligent, clever, powerful, vigorous, brawny, strong , confident, slayer , soilder , executioner , hunter , fighter, wild , craze , nutty , riotous , chaotic , ruthless , notorious , responsible , reliable, trustworthy, loyal, family oriented, fasten kin/friendship unions, sophisticated , creative, charismatic, promised , noble , righteous , head strong, guarded , caring , passionate , romantic , lover , hustler Synonyms : bossman\bosslady , gang, crew, , organizations , league , syndicate Antonyms : doubt , mistrust , strife , disbelief".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Car*tel"
  1. [Mil] An agreement between belligerents for the exchange of prisoners.
  2. A letter of defiance or challenge; a challenge to single combat.(Obs)"He is cowed at the very idea of a cartel.," [Sir W. Scott.]

Etymology: F., fr. LL. cartellus a little paper, dim. fr. L. charta. See 1st Card

verb Car"tel
To defy or challenge.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service

In the business sense, a borrowing from German Kartell, first used by w:Eugen Richter in 1871 in the w:Reichstag. In the political sense, which was the vehicle for this metaphor, the English sense as the German sense is a sixteenth-century borrowing from French cartel, from Italian cartello, diminutive of carta (“card, page”), from Latin charta.

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

cartel was also found in the following language(s): French and Spanish

Fun Facts about the name Cartel

  • How Popular is the name Cartel? Cartel is the 36,765th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Cartel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 99 babies born with the first name Cartel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cartel to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cartel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1998 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Cartel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cartel is Sunday, July 31st, 1904.
  • What year had the most people named Cartel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cartel was in 2013 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Random Cartel Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cartel is not a popular baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Cartel: Your name in reverse order is Letrac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Letcar. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.