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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oat milk has become more affordable: The average price of a half-gallon carton of oat milk has fallen from $5.68 in 2017 to $4.44 now. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 16 Mar. 2022 Other intriguing displays included a letter from Winston Churchill to Ohio Match Company in Wadsworth, thanking them for their gift of a carton of matches. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 23 Jan. 2022 Beef prices are up 20 percent in the same period, according to the BLS, and the cost of a carton of eggs has risen nearly 30 percent. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2021 Conjuring up images of women in freezers and Cain’s face on the side of a milk carton, Anhedönia leaves the ending grey, but hints at a gruesome fate for Ethel. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 12 May 2022 The average price of an avocado is up 10% from a year ago; during the brief ban, the price of a carton of the fruit catapulted to nearly $60, up from around $30 a year ago. Jeffrey Miller, The Conversation, 28 Feb. 2022 Last week, prices for a carton of 48 Hass avocados hit a high of about $78.75 on average, according to ProduceIQ, a digital marketplace for produce buyers and growers, which uses USDA data. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 5 May 2022 Williams’s property is a short drive from Villa Além, a bunker with long, canted flaps, like a half-open carton of munitions, designed and owned by Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati. Scott Frances, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 Before throwing away your milk carton, use tissue paper to turn it into a birdhouse. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 21 Apr. 2022 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, 20 May 2017 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Carton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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

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: a cardboard container

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