Meaning of CARTOON in English


I. (ˈ)kär|tün, -ȧ|t- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Italian cartone pasteboard, cartoon, aug. of carta card — more at card

1. : a preparatory design, drawing, or painting (as for a fresco, painting, mosaic, or tapestry) ; especially : a drawing in full size usually on paper which is traced or copied on a surface to be used for a final work

tapestry weaves that closely follow the modeling in the cartoon


a. : a drawing that is often symbolic and usually intended as humor, caricature, or satire and comment on public and usually political matters

a political cartoon

b. : comic 3a

3. : animated cartoon

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. : to make a cartoon or preparatory sketch of

2. : to make simple outline drawings of

3. : to caricature pictorially

intransitive verb

: to make a cartoon

III. noun

: a simplistic, unrealistic, or one-dimensional portrayal or version (as of a person) : caricature

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