Definition of carton noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːtn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrtn//
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  1. 1a light cardboard or plastic box or pot for holding goods, especially food or liquid; the contents of a carton a milk carton/a carton of milk
  2. 2(North American English) a large container in which goods are packed in smaller containers a carton of cigarettes
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French, from Italian cartone, from carta, from Latin carta, charta, from Greek khartēs ‘papyrus leaf’.Extra examples The soup is sold in cartons. Why are these milk cartons so difficult to open? a carton of milk/​fruit juice/​ice cream an empty milk carton
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carton