Cartoon definition

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A preliminary sketch similar in size to the work, such as a fresco, that is to be copied from it.
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To draw a cartoon of.
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The definition of a cartoon is a funny drawing or sketch in a newspaper or magazine or an animated movie or television show.

An example of a cartoon is Peanuts by Charles Schulz.

An example of a cartoon is the television series South Park.

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To draw a humorous or satirical representation of; caricature.
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A drawing, as in a newspaper, caricaturing or symbolizing, often satirically, some event, situation, or person of topical interest.
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To draw cartoons.
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A comic strip.
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A ridiculously oversimplified or stereotypical representation.

Criticized the actor's portrayal of Jefferson as a historically inaccurate cartoon.

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A drawing depicting a humorous situation, often accompanied by a caption.
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A drawing representing current public figures or issues symbolically and often satirically.

A political cartoon.

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A usually short, animated movie or television program.
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An animated character in a movie or television program.
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A humorous drawing, often with a caption.
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(comics) A humorous drawing, often with a caption, or a strip of such drawings.
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(comics) A drawing satirising current public figures.
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(animation) An animated piece of film which is often but not exclusively humorous.
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A diagram in a scientific concept.
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(art, comics, animation) To draw a cartoon.
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To make humorous or satirical drawings.
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A full-size preliminary sketch of a design or picture to be copied in a fresco, tapestry, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cartoon
Plural:
cartoons

Origin of cartoon

  • French carton drawing from Italian cartone pasteboard carton

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian cartone, augmentative of carta, from Latin carta.

    From Wiktionary