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carton

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noun car·ton \ˈkär-tən\

Simple Definition of carton

  • : a light box or container usually made of cardboard or plastic

  • : a box containing things that have been packed together so they can be sold or moved

Full Definition of carton

  1. :  a box or container usually made of cardboard and often of corrugated cardboard

Examples of carton

  1. She got a carton of ice cream out of the freezer.

  2. a carton of orange juice

  3. He bought a carton of cigarettes.

  4. Several cartons of books arrived yesterday.



Origin of carton

French, from Italian cartone pasteboard


First Known Use: 1825

Rhymes with carton


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carton

verb car·ton

Definition of carton

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to pack or enclose in a carton

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to shape cartons from cardboard sheets



1921

First Known Use of carton

1921


CARTON Defined for Kids

carton

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noun car·ton \ˈkär-tən\

Definition of carton

  1. :  a cardboard container




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