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noun pa·per \ˈpā-pər\

: the material that is used in the form of thin sheets for writing or printing on, wrapping things, etc.

: a sheet of paper with information written or printed on it

papers : official documents that give information about something or that are used as proof of something

Full Definition of PAPER

1
a (1) :  a felted sheet of usually vegetable fibers laid down on a fine screen from a water suspension (2) :  a similar sheet of other material (as plastic)
b :  a piece of paper
2
a :  a piece of paper containing a written or printed statement :  document <pedigree papers>
b :  a piece of paper containing writing or print
c :  a formal written composition often designed for publication and often intended to be read aloud <presented a scholarly paper at the meeting>
d :  a piece of written schoolwork
3
:  a paper container or wrapper
4
:  newspaper
5
:  the negotiable notes or instruments of commerce
6
:  wallpaper
7
:  tickets; especially :  free passes
8
:  paperback
on paper
1
:  in writing <wants these promises on paper>
2
:  in theory <the plan looks good on paper>
3
:  figured at face value <on paper the stock was worth nearly a million dollars>

Examples of PAPER

  1. We'll need pens, glue, and some paper.
  2. Be sure to print the letter on good paper.
  3. He scribbled the number on a scrap of paper.
  4. a crumpled piece of paper
  5. The border guards asked to see my papers.
  6. They published a landmark paper in 1995.
  7. The teacher was busy grading papers.
  8. She did well on her history paper.

Origin of PAPER

Middle English papir, from Anglo-French, from Latin papyrus papyrus, paper, from Greek papyros papyrus
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to PAPER

Other Paper Terms

folio, palimpsest, quire, ream

Rhymes with PAPER

2paper

verb

: to cover (something, such as a wall) with paper

pa·peredpa·per·ing \ˈpā-p(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of PAPER

transitive verb
1
archaic :  to put down or describe in writing
2
:  to fold or enclose in paper
3
:  to cover or line with paper; especially :  to apply wallpaper to
4
:  to fill by giving out free passes <paper the theater for opening night>
5
:  to cover (an area) with advertising bills, circulars, or posters
intransitive verb
:  to hang wallpaper
pa·per·er \-pər-ər\ noun

First Known Use of PAPER

1594

3paper

adjective

: made of paper

: of or relating to paper

: existing or shown on paper or in documents but not real

Full Definition of PAPER

1
a :  made of paper, cardboard, or papier-mâché <a paper bag>
b :  papery
2
:  of or relating to clerical work or written communication
3
:  existing only in theory :  nominal <a paper blockade>
4
:  admitted by free passes <a paper audience>
5
:  finished with a crisp smooth surface similar to that of paper <paper taffeta>

Examples of PAPER

  1. Their accounts showed lots of paper profits, but they went bankrupt anyway.
  2. <there's a paper boycott of that company's products that nobody seems to be honoring>

First Known Use of PAPER

1594

Other Paper Terms

folio, palimpsest, quire, ream

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