- a duplicate of anything written or typed, made by using a photocopier or, formerly, by using carbon paper. Abbreviation: cc
- 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
Origin of carbon copy
How to use carbon copy in a sentence
The Tampa Bay Times got their hands on a full copy of the letter the retired judge sent to Winston.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It reacts very readily with oxygen by burning smokelessly, with carbon dioxide and water as its byproducts.
Methane (chemical formula CH4) is one of the simplest hydrocarbons, which literally means “containing hydrogen and carbon.”
One African American woman brandished a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution while marching.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He's starting to sound like a schoolboy with a copy of Penthouse.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You were obliging enough to ask me to accept a presentation copy of your verses.
Then, child, you've fallen on your head, if you don't know that at least you must have a second copy of the concerto!
So he took my copy and played the orchestra part which is indicated above the piano part, and I played without notes.
What are a few paltry, lumps of crystallised carbon compared to a galaxy of a million million suns?God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
These first attempts to copy in line the forms of familiar objects are among the most curious products of the child's mind.Children's Ways|James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for carbon copy
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]