Meaning of cartel


Pronunciation: (kär-tel'), [key]
— n.
  1. an international syndicate, combine, or trust formed esp. to regulate prices and output in some field of business.
  2. a coalition of political or special-interest groups having a common cause, as to encourage the passage of a certain law.
  3. a written agreement between belligerents, esp. for the exchange of prisoners.
  4. a written challenge to a duel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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