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carton

[ kahr-tn ]
/ ˈkɑr tn /
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noun

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.

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Origin of carton

1780–90; <French <Italian cartone pasteboard; see cartoon

OTHER WORDS FROM carton

un·car·toned, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH carton

carton , cartoon
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British Dictionary definitions for carton

carton
/ (ˈkɑːtən) /

noun

a cardboard box for containing goods
a container of waxed paper or plastic in which liquids, such as milk, are sold
shooting
  1. a white disc at the centre of a target
  2. a shot that hits this disc

verb (tr)

to enclose (goods) in a carton

Word Origin for carton

C19: from French, from Italian cartone pasteboard, from carta card 1
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