1. a cardboard or plastic box used typically for storage or shipping.
  2. the amount a carton can hold.
  3. the contents of a carton.
  4. a cardboardlike substance consisting of chewed plant material often mixed with soil, made by certain insects for building nests.

verb (used with object)

  1. to pack in a carton: to carton eggs for supermarket sales.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make or form cardboard sheets into cartons.


  1. a cardboard box for containing goods
  2. a container of waxed paper or plastic in which liquids, such as milk, are sold
  3. shooting
    1. a white disc at the centre of a target
    2. a shot that hits this disc

verb (tr)

  1. 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.

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