car·​ton | \ ˈkär-tᵊn How to pronounce carton (audio) \

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

Then the robot sucks the bin into its belly and carries it to a conveyor belt, which conveys the milk to workers, who have the dexterity to grab the individual carton and pack it into a bag. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever," 15 Oct. 2018 Oatly, a Swedish company that introduced its oat milk into the U.S. two years ago, has struggled to keep pace with demand for its product, which sells for about $5 a carton in supermarkets. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Oat Milk Causes a Stir Among Coffee Drinkers," 19 Dec. 2018 Spellman went into a Circle K in December, and stole 10 cartons of cigarettes from a stock room in the store manager’s office, authorities said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Florida man gets 20 years for stealing $600 worth of cigarettes," 24 Sep. 2018 Grab a carton of eggs and hard-boil most of them and leave a couple raw. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Working on designing Alia for about a month, Ramirez created the product's design, packaging, additional milk cartons and an overview of what the brand's website would look like. Emily Bloch,, "Broward College students bring home multiple awards," 30 Mar. 2018 Some cartons look like advertisements for down-on-the-farm hoedowns, a fantasy of cheery chickens and farm folk in a quilting bee or at a barn-raising. Adrienne Rose Johnson, Bon Appetit, "How to Buy the Best Eggs Possible," 19 Jan. 2018 There were cartons of ornaments that needed to be severely curated down to a handful of keepers. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 For Publix and Sunups egg cartons, the plant number is P-1359D and the Julian date is 048A or 049A with best by dates of APR 02 and APR 03. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "10 things you need to know now about salmonella and Indiana eggs," 14 May 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
US : a box containing things that have been packed together so they can be sold or moved


car·​ton | \ ˈkär-tᵊn How to pronounce carton (audio) \

Kids Definition of carton

: a cardboard container

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