Definition of carton in English:


Line breaks: car¦ton
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːt(ə)n


  • 1A small, light box or container in which drinks or foodstuffs are packaged: a carton of milk
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    • 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.
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    • 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).

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