car·ton | \ˈkär-tᵊn \

Definition of carton 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a box or container usually made of cardboard and often of corrugated cardboard several cartons of books


cartoned; cartoning; cartons

Definition of carton (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pack or enclose in a carton

intransitive verb

: to shape cartons from cardboard sheets

Examples of carton in a Sentence


She got a carton of ice cream out of the freezer. a carton of orange juice He bought a carton of cigarettes. Several cartons of books arrived yesterday.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The user was shopping at the TJ's location in Santa Ana, California, and there, the 32-ounce carton cost $2.29. Olivia Harrison,, "Trader Joe's Has A New Mixed Nut Non-Dairy Milk," 25 June 2018 On March 2, Barbara Carroll from Berkeley Lake, Ga. ordered three cartons of toilet paper on Amazon for her office. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Woman Charged Over $7,000 for Toilet Paper Ordered on Amazon Is Finally Refunded Two Months Later," 25 May 2018 Joe Tairi took an entire carton of eggs, cracked them all in a bowl and made sure to include the shells. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Urban Joe Café & Bar in West Allis sets the bar for sandwiches," 19 Apr. 2018 Last week, Reese's swapped chicken eggs inside supermarket cartons with their own Reese’s Peanut Butter Crème Eggs to surprise food shoppers. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Be careful before biting into Easter eggs Sunday! It's also April Fools' Day," 28 Mar. 2018 Last week, Reese's swapped chicken eggs inside supermarket cartons with their own Reese’s Peanut Butter Crème Eggs to surprise food shoppers. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Be careful before biting into Easter eggs Sunday! It’s also April Fools’ Day," 28 Mar. 2018 Use Row Covers Row covers, hotcaps (or plastic milk cartons with the caps removed), and plastic tunnels are great for getting plants off to an early start. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 19 May 2017 In a warehouse an hour west of London, robots zip across a grid of thousands of crates filled with groceries, picking up cartons of milk, heads of broccoli, tubs of lemon sorbet, cans of tomato soup, and whatever else Britons might want for dinner., "Britain’s Robot Grocer Is Coming to the U.S.," 15 June 2018 The notice lists varieties of a Food Lion store brand as well as some cartons available as the Great Value brand, which is sold at Walmart. CBS News, "200 million eggs recalled over salmonella concerns," 15 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Put that bottle down and grab a box, can or carton of wine for your cooler. Mary Orlin, The Mercury News, "Picnic perfect: The 11 best box or canned wines," 20 May 2017

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First Known Use of carton


1825, in the meaning defined above


1921, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for carton


French, from Italian cartone pasteboard

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English Language Learners 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


car·ton | \ˈkär-tᵊn \

Kids Definition of carton

: a cardboard container

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