Car*tel" (?), n. [F., fr. LL. cartellus a little paper, dim. fr. L. charta. See 1st Card.]

1. Mil.

An agreement between belligerents for the exchange of prisoners.



A letter of defiance or challenge; a challenge to single combat.


He is cowed at the very idea of a cartel., Sir W. Scott.

<-- 3. a formal or informal arrangement (sometimes unlawful) among independent commercial enterprises organized for the purpose of common gain, as by limiting competition or fixing prices -->

Cartel, or Cartel ship, 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.


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Car"tel (?), v. t.

To defy or challenge.


You shall cartel him. B. Jonson.


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