Simple Definition of cartoon
: a drawing in a newspaper or magazine intended as a humorous comment on something
: a series of drawings that tell a story
: a film or television show made by photographing a series of drawings : an animated film or television show
Full Definition of cartoon
1 : a preparatory design, drawing, or painting (as for a fresco)
2 a : a drawing intended as satire, caricature, or humor <a political cartoon> b : comic strip
3 : animated cartoon
4 : a ludicrously simplistic, unrealistic, or one-dimensional portrayal or version <the film's villain is an entertaining cartoon>
Examples of cartoon
She enjoys reading the cartoons in the Sunday paper.
The kids are watching cartoons.
Origin of cartoon
Italian cartone pasteboard, cartoon, augmentative of carta leaf of paper — more at card
First Known Use: 1671
CARTOONIST Defined for Kids
Definition of cartoonist
: a person who draws cartoons
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