- 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
British Dictionary definitions for carbon-copy
Word Origin and History for carbon-copy
1895, from carbon (paper) + copy (n.). A copy on paper made using carbon paper. The figurative sense is from 1944. Also as a verb, "send a carbon copy (of something)," and as such often abbreviated c.c.
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]