Definition of cartoon
1 : a preparatory design, drawing, or painting (as for a fresco)
2a : a drawing intended as satire, caricature, or humor a political cartoonb : comic strip
3 : animated cartoon
4 : a ludicrously simplistic, unrealistic, or one-dimensional portrayal or version the film's villain is an entertaining cartoon
cartoonishplay \-ˈtü-nish\ adjective
cartoonistplay \-ˈtü-nist\ noun
cartoonlikeplay \-ˈtün-ˌlīk\ adjective
cartoonyplay \-ˈtü-nē\ adjective
Examples of cartoon in a sentence
She enjoys reading the cartoons in the Sunday paper.
The kids are watching cartoons.
Origin and Etymology of cartoon
Italian cartone pasteboard, cartoon, augmentative of carta leaf of paper — more at card
First Known Use: 1671
CARTOON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cartoon for English Language Learners
: a drawing in a newspaper or magazine intended as a humorous comment on something
: a series of drawings that tell a story
: a film or television show made by photographing a series of drawings : an animated film or television show
CARTOON Defined for Kids
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