from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various containers made from cardboard or coated paper: cans packed in cartons; a milk carton.
  • n. The contents of a carton: dyed the whole carton of eggs.
  • transitive v. To place (something) in a carton.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inexpensive, disposable box-like creation fashioned from either paper, paper with wax-covering (wax paper), or other lightweight material. It is designed to hold things for a short period of time and be discarded or recycled after use.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pasteboard for paper boxes; also, a pasteboard box.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of thin pasteboard.
  • n. A box made from such pasteboard.
  • n. Same as cartoon.
  • n. In rifle practice: A white disk fixed on the bull's-eye of a target. It is of much smaller size than the bull's-eye, and is chiefly used in deciding ties and at a pool. A shot striking the carton: as, to make two bull's-eyes and a carton.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a box made of cardboard; opens by flaps on top
  • n. the quantity contained in a carton


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Italian cartone, pasteboard, augmentative of carta, card, paper, from Latin charta, carta, paper made from papyrus; see card1.

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From French carton.


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