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

Noun 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 Illustration by Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy Maya writes: My dad eats ice cream with a fork, straight from the carton, leaving fork tracks. Judge John Hodgman, New York Times, "Judge John Hodgman on Eating Ice Cream With a Fork," 26 Mar. 2020 Mostly, though, Park Tower is a tall carton filled with large floors of office space. John King,, "Transbay still being transformed — and more towers are on the way," 3 Feb. 2020 But Highlands’ eggnog isn’t of the thick and sickly sweet variety that comes from a carton. al, "Birmingham City Bite: Highlands’ Eggnog," 12 Dec. 2019 Check out their thoughts, then head to your local grocer and pick up a carton or two? Brenda Cain And Yadi Rodriguez -,, "We tasted 34 Pierre’s ice cream flavors to help you stock your freezer for National Ice Cream Day July 21," 17 July 2019 Grandma is back in the office, pears and carton of milk in hand. Caroline Anders, Indianapolis Star, "6 gunshots, 5 surgeries, weeks of rehab: An Indianapolis teen struggles to return to class," 9 Mar. 2020 That’s because they’ve been treated by heat and/or dried in order to kill any microorganisms that can cause spoilage or foodborne illness, and then packaged in sterile, airtight containers like cans, bottles, pouches, and cartons, the USDA explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "21 Shelf-Stable Foods for Your Emergency Food Supply," 4 Mar. 2020 Cash and cartons of cigarettes were reported stolen from the Shell gas station, 218 E. Butterfield Rd. Graydon Megan,, "Blotter: 6 people charged with DUI in Elmhurst," 6 Dec. 2019 The seemingly unsullied burger and red carton of fries can be found at the Snotra House in Þykkvibær, South Iceland, or on the hostel’s live stream. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Last McDonald's Burger in Iceland Just Turned 10. It's Still in Perfect Condition.," 1 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of carton was in 1825

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30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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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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