1. Any of various containers made from cardboard or coated paper: cans packed in cartons; a milk carton.
2. The contents of a carton: dyed the whole carton of eggs.
tr.v. car·toned, car·ton·ing, car·tons
To place (something) in a carton.
[French, from Italian cartone, pasteboard, augmentative of carta, card, paper, from Latin charta, carta, paper made from papyrus; see CARD1.]
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