WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
car•toon /kɑrˈtun/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
car•toon•ist, n. [countable]
- Fine Arta drawing in a newspaper, magazine, etc., that comments amusingly on someone or some situation or carries some message:political cartoons.
- Fine Art comic strip.
- a television or motion-picture film in which the characters and background are pictures that are drawn:animated cartoons.
(kär to̅o̅n′),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- Fine ArtSee comic strip.
- Fine ArtSee animated cartoon.
- Fine Arta full-scale design for a picture, ornamental motif or pattern, or the like, to be transferred to a fresco, tapestry, etc.
- Fine Artresembling a cartoon or caricature:The novel is full of predictable, cartoon characters, never believable as real people.
- Fine Artto represent by a cartoon.
- Fine Artto draw cartoons.
- Italian cartone pasteboard, stout paper, a drawing on such paper, equivalent. to cart(a) paper (see carte) + -one augmentative suffix
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cartoon /kɑːˈtuːn/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from Italian cartone pasteboard, sketch on stiff paper; see cartoncarˈtoonist n
- a humorous or satirical drawing, esp one in a newspaper or magazine, concerning a topical event
- Also called: comic strip a sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a comic or adventurous situation
- See animated cartoon
- a full-size preparatory sketch for a fresco, tapestry, mosaic, etc, from which the final work is traced or copied
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