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[kahr-tn] /ˈkɑr tn/
a cardboard or plastic box used typically for storage or shipping.
the amount a carton can hold.
the contents of a carton.
a cardboardlike substance consisting of chewed plant material often mixed with soil, made by certain insects for building nests.
verb (used with object)
to pack in a carton:
to carton eggs for supermarket sales.
verb (used without object)
to make or form cardboard sheets into cartons.
Origin of carton
1780-90; < French < Italian cartone pasteboard; see cartoon
Related forms
uncartoned, adjective
Can be confused
carton, cartoon. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for carton
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  • It attracted Mr. Lorry's eyes to carton's face, which was turned to the fire.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • "I was not present at the ceremony; but my opinion is you were," said carton.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • It was carton that brought him here for the first time, a week ago.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • "I have no business to be, at all, that I know of," said Sydney carton.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Darnay was seated, writing a last letter to Lucie, when carton entered.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • "You are a good man and a true friend," said carton, in an altered voice.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for carton


a cardboard box for containing goods
a container of waxed paper or plastic in which liquids, such as milk, are sold
  1. a white disc at the centre of a target
  2. a shot that hits this disc
verb (transitive)
to enclose (goods) in a carton
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Italian cartone pasteboard, from cartacard1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for carton

1816, from French carton "pasteboard" (17c.), from Italian cartone "pasteboard," augmentative of Medieval Latin carta "paper" (see card (n.)). Originally the material for making paper boxes; extended 1906 to the boxes themselves. As a verb, from 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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