See also: Cartoon

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In British English first, from French carton (sketch, cardboard, card), from Italian cartone (cardboard, carton, box), augmentative of carta (paper), from Latin carta (papyrus, paper), from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khártēs) (see there for further etymology). Doublet of carton and card.

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A cartoon from the 13 December 1911 issue of the British satirical magazine Punch. It shows the Russian Bear sitting on the tail of the Persian Cat while the British Lion looks on, and represents a phase of The Great Game.
A tapestry weaver with a cartoon showing through the loom.

cartoon (plural cartoons)

  1. (comics) A humorous drawing, often with a caption, or a strip of such drawings.
  2. (comics) A drawing satirising current public figures.
  3. (art) An artist's preliminary sketch.
  4. (art) A full-sized drawing that serves as the template for a fresco, a tapestry, etc.
  5. (animation) An animated piece of film which is often but not exclusively humorous.
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
      The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.
  6. A diagram in a scientific concept.

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  • Swahili: katuni

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cartoon (third-person singular simple present cartoons, present participle cartooning, simple past and past participle cartooned)

  1. (art, comics, animation) To draw a cartoon, a humorous drawing.
  2. (art) To make a preliminary sketch.

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cartoon m (plural cartoons)

  1. cartoon

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Unadapted borrowing from English cartoon.

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cartoon m (plural cartoons)

  1. Alternative form of cartune