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carton

A carton is a cardboard box or package. A pint of cream often comes in a carton.

There are many different kinds of cartons, but most of them are packaging for some kind of consumer product, particularly food. There are egg cartons, milk cartons, and cigarette cartons, all of which are different shapes and made out of slightly different types of paperboard or lightweight cardboard. Carton has its root in the Medieval Latin word carta, "paper."

Definitions of carton
  1. noun
    a box made of cardboard; opens by flaps on top
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    types:
    six pack, six-pack, sixpack
    a carton containing six bottles or cans
    type of:
    box
    a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
  2. noun
    the quantity contained in a carton
    synonyms: cartonful
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    type of:
    containerful
    the quantity that a container will hold
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