WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
car•toon /kɑrˈtun/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Fine Arta drawing in a newspaper, magazine, etc., that comments amusingly on someone or some situation or carries some message:political cartoons.
  2. Fine Art comic strip.
  3. a television or motion-picture film in which the characters and background are pictures that are drawn:animated cartoons.
car•toon•ist, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
car•toon  (kär to̅o̅n),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Fine Arta sketch or drawing, usually humorous, as in a newspaper or periodical, symbolizing, satirizing, or caricaturing some action, subject, or person of popular interest.
  2. Fine ArtSee  comic strip. 
  3. Fine ArtSee  animated cartoon. 
  4. Fine Arta full-scale design for a picture, ornamental motif or pattern, or the like, to be transferred to a fresco, tapestry, etc.

  1. Fine Artresembling a cartoon or caricature:The novel is full of predictable, cartoon characters, never believable as real people.

  1. Fine Artto represent by a cartoon.

  1. Fine Artto draw cartoons.
car•toonish, adj. 
car•toonist, n. 
  • Italian cartone pasteboard, stout paper, a drawing on such paper, equivalent. to cart(a) paper (see carte) + -one augmentative suffix
  • 1665–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cartoon /kɑːˈtuːn/ n
  1. a humorous or satirical drawing, esp one in a newspaper or magazine, concerning a topical event
  2. Also called: comic strip a sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a comic or adventurous situation
  3. See animated cartoon
  4. a full-size preparatory sketch for a fresco, tapestry, mosaic, etc, from which the final work is traced or copied
Etymology: 17th Century: from Italian cartone pasteboard, sketch on stiff paper; see carton

carˈtoonist n

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