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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


  1. Cartoon(n.)

    same as comic strip.

  2. Cartoon(n.)

    a motion picture consisting of a series of frames, each being a photograph of a drawing rather than a frame produced by filming a scene of true action, and in which the objects are displaced slightly in succeeding frames so as to give the appearance of motion when projected as a motion picture on the screen. The types of characters portrayed in such films are often similar or identical to those in a comic strip.

  3. Origin: [F. carton (cf. It. cartone pasteboard, cartoon); fr. L. charta. See 1st card.]


  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."

  3. Origin: [F. carton (cf. It. cartone pasteboard, cartoon); fr. L. charta. See 1st card.]


  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.

Translations for cartoon

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • spotprent, tekenprent, tekeningAfrikaans
  • فيلم كرتون, كاريكاتير, كاريكاتور, رسم هزلي, كرتونArabic
  • йәнһүрәтBashkir
  • cartó, dibuixos animats, tira còmica, caricaturaCatalan, Valencian
  • karikaturaCzech
  • tegnefilm, karikaturtegning, tegneserie, tegningDanish
  • Zeichentrickfilm, Karton, KarikaturGerman
  • boceto, diagrama, caricatura, chiste, tira cómica, dibujos animados, monos animadosSpanish
  • کارتونPersian
  • piirrossarja, piirrosfilmi, piirroselokuva, sarjakuva, luonnos, pilakuva, kaavio, piirretty, pilapiirrosFinnish
  • bande dessinée, dessin animé, caricature, BDFrench
  • कार्टूनHindi
  • cartone animatoItalian
  • 漫画, 風刺画, カートゥーン, 戯画, アニメーション, アニメJapanese
  • 애니메이션, 만화Korean
  • Cartoon, ZeechentrickfilmLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • pakiwaitara, pakiwaituhiMāori
  • скица, карикатура, стрип, цртан филмMacedonian
  • kartunMalay
  • tekenfilmDutch
  • komiks, karykatura, film rysunkowy, szkic, kreskówka, historyjka, obrazkowaPolish
  • cartum, charge, desenho, caricatura, desenho animadoPortuguese
  • desen animat, caricatură, desenRomanian
  • шарж, комикс, карикатура, анимационный фильм, мультфильм, мультипликационный фильмRussian
  • crtani film, цртани филмSerbo-Croatian
  • komiks, skica, náčrt, karikatúra, kreslený filmSlovak
  • tshwantshiso ya sesomoSouthern Sotho
  • การ์ตูน, ภาพยนตร์การ์ตูนThai
  • phim hoạt họa, mạn họaVietnamese

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