carbon copy


: a copy made by carbon paper
: duplicate
is a carbon copy of his father

Example Sentences

I'll need a carbon copy of that receipt. She's a carbon copy of her mother.
Recent Examples on the Web Each day of that initial period was a carbon copy of the last, washing up and down the Atlantic rollers, eyes peeled on the horizon, the only soundtrack my companion Romain’s periodic, heartfelt retching. Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2022 Indeed, quite the opposite - all those same considerations would probably lead you to want your children to carry as close as possible to a carbon copy of your DNA, with no random changes. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 26 Aug. 2011 Later, as America tested its new cosmic vessel, Soviet aircraft and satellites flew reconnaissance missions to aide their own carbon copy. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 14 Dec. 2016 The Olympic tennis player shared a series of photos of herself and her carbon copy four-year-old daughter to Instagram on Monday, taken during a trip to Paris in early March. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2022 Since then it has been sold for up to $35 despite appearing to be a carbon copy of Butler-Boschma's longstanding free demo. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2022 After all, this is not about emulation or trying to make a whisky carbon copy. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2022 No, in replacing the gregarious, in-your-face, favorite uncle persona of Bruce Arians, the Bucs did not opt for a carbon copy. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2022 The Viaduct is a near carbon copy of the Bay Area’s infamous Cypress Structure, a one-mile stretch of the Nimitz Freeway that pancaked during the Loma Prieta earthquake, killing 42 motorists. Bruce Barcott, Outside Online, 25 Aug. 2011 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carbon copy was in 1876

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“Carbon copy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

carbon copy

: a copy made with carbon paper

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