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Origin of cartoon

First recorded in 1665–75; from Italian cartone “pasteboard, stout paper, a drawing on such paper,” equivalent to cart(a) “paper” (see carte) + -one augmentative suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM cartoon

car·toon·ish, adjectivecar·toon·ist, nounun·car·tooned, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cartoon

1. burlesque, caricature, cartoon , parody, satire2. carton, cartoon
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How to use cartoon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cartoon

cartoon
/ (kɑːˈtuːn) /

noun
a humorous or satirical drawing, esp one in a newspaper or magazine, concerning a topical event
Also called: comic strip a sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a comic or adventurous situation
a full-size preparatory sketch for a fresco, tapestry, mosaic, etc, from which the final work is traced or copied

Derived forms of cartoon

cartoonist, noun

Word Origin for cartoon

C17: from Italian cartone pasteboard, sketch on stiff paper; see carton
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