carton

[kahr-tn]
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noun
  1. a cardboard or plastic box used typically for storage or shipping.
  2. the amount a carton can hold.
  3. the contents of a carton.
  4. a cardboardlike substance consisting of chewed plant material often mixed with soil, made by certain insects for building nests.
verb (used with object)
  1. to pack in a carton: to carton eggs for supermarket sales.
verb (used without object)
  1. to make or form cardboard sheets into cartons.

Origin of carton

1780–90; < French < Italian cartone pasteboard; see cartoon
Related formsun·car·toned, adjective
Can be confusedcarton cartoon
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Related Words for carton

crate, container, packet, case, bin, casket, package, chest, coffer, pack

Examples from the Web for carton

Contemporary Examples of carton

Historical Examples of carton

  • "You are a good man and a true friend," said Carton, in an altered voice.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Mr. Lorry had not thought of that, and he looked quickly at Carton to see if it were in his mind.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • It attracted Mr. Lorry's eyes to Carton's face, which was turned to the fire.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Mr. Carton's manner was so careless as to be almost insolent.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Mr. Carton came up at the moment, and touched Mr. Lorry on the arm.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for carton

carton

noun
  1. a cardboard box for containing goods
  2. a container of waxed paper or plastic in which liquids, such as milk, are sold
  3. shooting
    1. a white disc at the centre of a target
    2. a shot that hits this disc
verb (tr)
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for carton
n.

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.

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