Definitions for cartoonkɑrˈtun

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a drawing symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject, or person.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. Category: Fine Arts

    Ref: comic strip.

  3. Category: Fine Arts

    Ref: animated cartoon.

  4. a preliminary pictorial design, as for a fresco.

    Category: Fine Arts

  5. (v.i.)to draw cartoons.

    Category: Fine Arts

Origin of cartoon:

1665–75; < It cartone pasteboard, cartoon < L c(h)arta; see card1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cartoon, sketch(noun)

    a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine

  2. cartoon, animated cartoon, toon(verb)

    a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence

  3. cartoon(verb)

    draw cartoons of

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cartoon(noun)ɑrˈtun

    an animated film

    Tom and Jerry cartoons

  2. cartoonɑrˈtun

    a picture with a funny caption in a newspaper, magazine, etc.

    ***political cartoons in the newspaper


  1. cartoon(Noun)

    A humorous drawing, often with a caption, or a strip of such drawings.

  2. cartoon(Noun)

    A drawing satirising current public figures.

  3. cartoon(Noun)

    An artist's preliminary sketch.

  4. cartoon(Noun)

    An animated piece of film which is often but not exclusively humorous.

  5. cartoon(Noun)

    A diagram in a scientific concept.

  6. cartoon(Verb)

    To draw a cartoon.

  7. Origin: From Italian cartone, from carta

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cartoon(noun)

    a design or study drawn of the full size, to serve as a model for transferring or copying; -- used in the making of mosaics, tapestries, fresco pantings and the like; as, the cartoons of Raphael

  2. Cartoon(noun)

    a large pictorial sketch, as in a journal or magazine; esp. a pictorial caricature; as, the cartoons of "Puck."


  1. Cartoon

    A cartoon is a form of two-dimensional illustrated visual art. While the specific definition has changed over time, modern usage refers to a typically non-realistic or semi-realistic drawing or painting intended for satire, caricature, or humor, or to the artistic style of such works. An artist who creates cartoons is called a cartoonist. The term originated in the Middle Ages and first described a preparatory drawing for a piece of art, such as a painting, fresco, tapestry, or stained glass window. In the 19th century, it came to refer to humorous illustrations in magazines and newspapers, and in the early 20th century and onward it referred to comic strips and animated films.

Anagrams of cartoon

  1. coranto

Translations for cartoon

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a drawing making fun of someone or something

a cartoon of the Prime Minister in the newspaper.

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