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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The product will be shipped in a container made of recycled paper and will arrive without an outer carton in order to reduce packaging, P&G said. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "P&G is testing refillable containers for Olay," 5 June 2019 One couple used to show up at my grandparents’ front door at happy hour with an empty egg carton (my grandparents keptboth chickens and Tanqueray). Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Rediscover the Art of the Pop-In," 27 Dec. 2018 Last November, an employee was working around 6 p.m. at a Shell gas station on Calumet Avenue in Munster when a man came in and asked for five cartons of cigarettes, an affidavit states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Expansion of DNA collection helps NWI police departments: officials," 29 May 2018 The 7-pound monster features an entire carton of eggs, hash browns, ham and cheese, Morenstein says. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 ginormous restaurant dishes ready for Instagram," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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