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noun
  1. a duplicate of anything written or typed, made by using a photocopier or, formerly, by using carbon paper. Abbreviation: cc
  2. a copy of an email or other electronic document that is sent to one or more people in addition to the primary addressee. Abbreviation: cc
a near or exact duplicate of a given person or thing; replica: She's a carbon copy of her mother.
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Origin of carbon copy

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for carbon copy

carbon copy

noun
a duplicate copy of writing, typewriting, or drawing obtained by using carbon paperOften shortened to: carbon
informal a person or thing that is identical or very similar to another
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Other Idioms and Phrases with carbon copy

carbon copy

A person or thing that closely resembles another, as in Our grandson is a carbon copy of his dad. Originally this term meant a copy of a document made by using carbon paper. The linguistic transfer to other kinds of duplicate survived the demise of carbon paper (replaced by photocopiers, computer printers, and other more sophisticated devices). [c. 1870]

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