- a cardboard or plastic box used typically for storage or shipping.
- the amount a carton can hold.
- the contents of a carton.
- a cardboardlike substance consisting of chewed plant material often mixed with soil, made by certain insects for building nests.
verb (used with object)
- to pack in a carton: to carton eggs for supermarket sales.
verb (used without object)
- to make or form cardboard sheets into cartons.
- a cardboard box for containing goods
- a container of waxed paper or plastic in which liquids, such as milk, are sold
- a white disc at the centre of a target
- a shot that hits this disc
- to enclose (goods) in a carton
1816, from French carton “pasteboard” (17c.), from Italian cartone “pasteboard,” augmentative of Medieval Latin carta “paper” (see card (n.)). Originally the material for making paper boxes; extended 1906 to the boxes themselves. As a verb, from 1921.