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Definition of "cartoon" [car•toon]

  • A drawing depicting a humorous situation, often accompanied by a caption. (noun)
  • A drawing representing current public figures or issues symbolically and often satirically: a political cartoon. (noun)
  • A preliminary sketch similar in size to the work, such as a fresco, that is to be copied from it. (noun)
  • An animated cartoon. (noun)
  • A comic strip. (noun)
  • A humorous or satirical drawing, esp one in a newspaper or magazine, concerning a topical event (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A sequence of drawings in a newspaper, magazine, etc, relating a comic or adventurous situation (noun)
  • A full-size preparatory sketch for a fresco, tapestry, mosaic, etc, from which the final work is traced or copied (noun)

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Use "cartoon" in a sentence
  • "But the word cartoon didn't seem to apply to this movie, and I can't think of any word which does."
  • "This cartoon is a savage satire of animation as it stood at the time and TV in general."
  • "This cartoon is a result of a popular Hasbro toy line where your favorite Marvel characters are reimagined as children."