noun car·ton \ˈkär-tən\

: 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

:  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



Definition of CARTON

transitive verb
:  to pack or enclose in a carton
intransitive verb
:  to shape cartons from cardboard sheets

First Known Use of CARTON


Rhymes with CARTON

CARTONED Defined for Kids


noun car·ton \ˈkär-tən\

Definition of CARTON for Kids

:  a cardboard container


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