Meaning of “cartoon” in the English Dictionary

"cartoon" in British English

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cartoonnoun [ C ]

uk /kɑːˈtuːn/ us /kɑːrˈtuːn/

cartoon noun [ C ] (DRAWING)

specialized art in art, a drawing made especially in preparation for a painting


  • He's the creator of a successful cartoon series.
  • The cartoon showed a picture of a robber carrying a bag with 'swag' written on it.
  • She had Mickey Mouse or some other cartoon character on her sweater.
  • Which page are the cartoons on in this paper?
  • Who's the man who does the satirical cartoons in The Times?

(Definition of “cartoon” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cartoon" in American English

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cartoonnoun [ C ]

us /kɑrˈtun/

cartoon noun [ C ] (DRAWING)

a drawing, esp. in a newspaper or magazine, that tells a joke or makes an amusing political criticism

cartoon noun [ C ] (MOVIE)

also animated cartoon a movie made using characters and images that are invented and drawn

noun [ C ] us /kɑrˈtu·nəst/

a popular political cartoonist

(Definition of “cartoon” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)