Definition of carton in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːt(ə)n/


1A small, light box or container in which drinks or foodstuffs are packaged: a carton of milk
More example sentences
  • Sand also drank her small carton of milk, which had gotten a bit warm since she had been handed it.
  • He walked to the kitchen, still sleepy, and took a long drink form the carton of milk.
  • Ask what their favourite sandwich is and give them a small carton of milk or a yogurt drink as a treat.
box, package, cardboard box, container, case, pack, packet, parcel
1.1North American A large container of goods.
Example sentences
  • It appears in newspapers and magazines and on bottles, envelopes, cardboard cartons, and other containers.
  • Empty pesticide bags and cartons can be burned unless the law prohibits such, but you must keep away from the toxic smoke.
  • People using the recycling facility are asked to segregate plastic bottles, cartons, food tins, tetra packs and beverage cans.


Early 19th century: from French, from Italian cartone (see cartoon).

Words that rhyme with carton

Akhenaten, Akhetaten, Aten, Barton, Dumbarton, hearten, Parton, smarten, spartan, tartan

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Line breaks: car¦ton

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