carbon copy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “carbon copy” in the English Dictionary

"carbon copy" in British English

See all translations
(Definition of carbon copy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carbon copy" in American English

See all translations

carbon copynoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑr·bən ˈkɑp·i/
an ​exact copy of something: fig. The ​girl is a carbon copy of her ​mother (= they are very ​similar).
(Definition of carbon copy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"carbon copy" in Business English

See all translations

carbon copynoun [C]

uk   us  
(also carbon) WORKPLACE a ​copy of a ​document, made with carbon ​paper: When ​creditcards were first ​introduced, ​retailers had to ​run the ​card through a hand-held ​machine that ​created a carbon ​copy.
a ​person or thing that is very similar to or exactly like another ​person or thing: The ​markettrend we are ​following is almost a carbon ​copy of what's taken ​place in the US, Canada, and Australia.
See also
(Definition of carbon copy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of carbon copy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“carbon copy” in British English

“carbon copy” in Business English

Word of the Day

parade

a large number of people walking or in vehicles, all going in the same direction, usually as part of a public celebration of something

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More