carton

noun
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

carton

verb
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

The protesters at Mong Kok retreated Friday when riot police confronted them, but some demonstrators set off street fires using a pile of carton boxes. Kin Cheung, chicagotribune.com, "Protests continue in Hong Kong despite government’s promise to kill a proposed law that sparked months of demonstrations," 6 Sep. 2019 Some set off street fires with piles of carton boxes while others used sticks and metal rods to smash traffic lights and the metal roofing at another subway stop. Kin Cheung, BostonGlobe.com, "Protests flare in Hong Kong despite bill’s withdrawal," 6 Sep. 2019 The protesters at Mong Kok retreated Friday when riot police confronted them, but some demonstrators set off street fires using a pile of carton boxes. Washington Post, "Protests continue in Hong Kong despite bill’s withdrawal," 6 Sep. 2019 The hefty fruits net only about $18 a carton, while normal-sized lemons can garner $30. Los Angeles Times, "It rained so much in California, this year’s lemons are gigantic," 29 Aug. 2019 This clean manufacturing process to create plastic egg cartons from recycled plastic bottles, will hire up to 40 employees. Pier Simeri, azcentral, "Destination Avondale: City hot spots continue to gain traction," 28 Aug. 2019 And by the way, those cold cartons of milk were MUCH better than the lukewarm milk in my Thermos on the days my mom packed my lunch. Ann Norman, cleveland.com, "If you could relive one school year, which would it be and why?," 16 Aug. 2019 Liquid eggs—the kind that come in cartons, yolked or yolkless—are very much a smaller category. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Plant-based eggs are starting to compete with the real thing," 16 Aug. 2019 When leafy greens were largely transported in cardboard cartons, a stowaway could make a stealthy escape. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "The other greens in your bagged lettuce: Frogs, snakes and lizards," 27 July 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

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1921, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for carton

Noun

French, from Italian cartone pasteboard

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carton

noun

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

carton

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

Kids Definition of carton

: a cardboard container

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