Definition of carbon copy in English:

Share this entry

carbon copy


1A copy of written or typed material made with carbon paper: the files were filled with carbon copies
More example sentences
  • What is anyone going to say that won't be a carbon copy of what we wrote after 9 / 11, after Bali, after Beslan, after Madrid?
  • Pupils wishing to leave school during the day will be given a carbon copy of a signed slip on production of an appropriate letter, note or telephone call that must then be carried with them.
  • In more ways than one, because there were no photocopiers, and even if you had made a carbon copy when you typed out your book, that copy was likely to be somewhat untidy.
1.1A person or thing identical or very similar to another: the children were carbon copies of their father
More example sentences
  • The sounds are nothing groundbreaking, but at least each song is not a carbon copy of the previous track.
  • But why make a carbon copy of the original version?
  • In other cricket, the second England v Zimbabwe match was a carbon copy of the first.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: car¦bon copy

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.