What does cartoon mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cartoon, sketchnoun

    a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine

  2. cartoon, animated cartoon, toonverb

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

  3. cartoonverb

    draw cartoons of


  1. Cartoonnoun

    same as comic strip.

  2. Cartoonnoun

    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.


  1. cartoonnoun

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

  2. cartoonnoun

    A drawing satirising current public figures.

  3. cartoonnoun

    An artist's preliminary sketch.

  4. cartoonnoun

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

  5. cartoonnoun

    A diagram in a scientific concept.

  6. cartoonverb

    To draw a cartoon.

  7. Etymology: From Italian cartone, from carta

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cartoonnoun

    A painting or drawing upon large paper.

    Etymology: cartone, Ital.

    It is with a vulgar idea that the world beholds the cartoons of Raphael, and every one feels his share of pleasure and entertainment. Isaac Watts, Logick.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cartoonnoun

    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. Cartoonnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cartoon

    kär-tōōn′, n. a preparatory drawing on strong paper to be transferred to frescoes, tapestry, &c.: any large sketch or design on paper, esp. a representation of current events in a comic paper.—v.t. to make a cartoon or working design: to caricature by a cartoon.—n. Cartoon′ist, one who makes cartoons. [Fr. carton (It. cartone), augmentative of Carte.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cartoon

    A type of program created and designed to produce and show laughter, fun, joy, love, unity, peace, positivity, creativity, kindness, sharing and simple loving acts and truths.

    We all love cartoons when the children are viewing them.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cartoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cartoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cartoon in a Sentence

  1. Josh Greenman:

    Andrew Yang is a leading contender to be mayor of New York City, and as commentators, Andrew Yang opponents and The News editorial board have recently pointed out, Andrew Yang's recently revealed there are major gaps in Andrew Yang knowledge of New York City politics and policy. Nor has Andrew Yang ever voted in a mayoral election, bill Bramhall cartoon is a comment on that, period, end of story. This is not a racial stereotype or racist caricature.

  2. Tony Hale in Veep '':

    This cartoon has given me so much joy. It started with this book about this chicken trying to be present. He tries to see the best in everyone, the best in every situation, i'm telling you, this chicken has become my role model, because even now it's a real daily challenge to focus on what this [ pandemic ] is giving us rather than what it's taking away.

  3. Daily News:

    Bill altered the drawing out of sensitivity to those concerns, without changing the concept of the cartoon, which he and we stand by.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Consciousness is a starship in an endless space of thoughts, a cartoon-dimensional universe of various levels of awareness.

  5. Bill Clinton , 69:

    They’re running against a cartoon. Cartoons are two-dimensional, they’re easy to absorb. Life in the real world is complicated and real change is hard, and a lot of people even think it’s boring.

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  • spotprent, tekening, tekenprentAfrikaans
  • كاريكاتير, فيلم كرتون, كاريكاتور, رسم هزلي, كرتونArabic
  • йәнһүрәтBashkir
  • dibuixos animats, cartó, caricatura, tira còmicaCatalan, Valencian
  • karikaturaCzech
  • tegnefilm, karikaturtegning, tegning, tegneserieDanish
  • Karton, Zeichentrickfilm, KarikaturGerman
  • karikaturoEsperanto
  • tira cómica, dibujos animados, boceto, chiste, monos animados, diagrama, caricaturaSpanish
  • کارتونPersian
  • piirrossarja, luonnos, kaavio, piirretty, pilakuva, pilapiirros, sarjakuva, piirroselokuva, piirrosfilmiFinnish
  • dessin animé, bande dessinée, caricature, BDFrench
  • कार्टूनHindi
  • cartone animatoItalian
  • 漫画, 風刺画, アニメ, アニメーション, 戯画, カートゥーンJapanese
  • 애니메이션, 만화Korean
  • CartoonLatin
  • Zeechentrickfilm, CartoonLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • pakiwaitara, pakiwaituhiMāori
  • карикатура, цртан филм, стрип, скицаMacedonian
  • kartunMalay
  • tekenfilmDutch
  • komiks, historyjka, film rysunkowy, kreskówka, obrazkowa, karykatura, szkicPolish
  • cartum, desenho animado, charge, caricatura, desenhoPortuguese
  • caricatură, desen, desen animatRomanian
  • мультфильм, шарж, комикс, анимационный фильм, карикатура, мультипликационный фильмRussian
  • цртани филм, crtani filmSerbo-Croatian
  • karikatúra, komiks, skica, kreslený film, náčrtSlovak
  • tshwantshiso ya sesomoSouthern Sotho
  • การ์ตูน, ภาพยนตร์การ์ตูนThai
  • mạn họa, phim hoạt họaVietnamese
  • 卡通片Chinese

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