blot·​ter | \ ˈblä-tər How to pronounce blotter (audio) \

Definition of blotter

1 : a piece of blotting paper
2 : a book in which entries (as of transactions or occurrences) are made temporarily pending their transfer to permanent record books police blotter

Examples of blotter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Office booking blotter revealed that the two women mentioned in Ashli’s post were taken into custody on Friday. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, 27 Apr. 2021 The plan is to publish an in-depth article every weekday while skipping some of the staples of local papers, like high school sports and a police blotter. New York Times, 20 June 2021 The plan is to publish an in-depth article every weekday while skipping some of the staples of local papers, like high school sports and a police blotter. Katharine Q. Seelye, Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 But in hundreds of places where the upper classes (and those who aspire to place their children in them) dwell, the list of colleges that high school seniors will attend is often as closely watched as the homecoming score and the police blotter. New York Times, 7 May 2021 This is the history of the special grand jury, from the period leading up to its start to the panel’s secret meetings in Broward and progress reports, to the appearance of Runcie and Myrick on the jail booking blotter. Scott Travis,, 22 Apr. 2021 These are delish, made better with a bit of blotter time (grab some napkins) to siphon off some of the oil. Amy Drew Thompson,, 22 Apr. 2021 Cross handed me a blotter dipped in oakmoss absolute, extracted from a ghostly frisée-looking frond that is actually a lichen that grows on oak trees. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 There was something about the item on the police blotter that puzzled Larry Hobbs, a former farmhand and store clerk turned local newspaper reporter. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of blotter

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of blotter was in 1591

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“Blotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blotter

: a large piece of blotting paper that is placed in a stiff frame on top of a desk
: a book used in a police station for writing down information about people or events


blot·​ter | \ ˈblä-tər How to pronounce blotter (audio) \

Kids Definition of blotter

: a piece of blotting paper



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