- a drawing, as in a newspaper, caricaturing or symbolizing, often satirically, some event, situation, or person of topical interest
- a full-size preliminary sketch of a design or picture to be copied in a fresco, tapestry, etc.
- a humorous drawing, often with a caption
- comic strip
- animated cartoon
Origin of cartoonFrench carton from Italian cartone, both in cartoonsense : see carton