cellophane

noun
cel·​lo·​phane | \ ˈse-lə-ˌfān How to pronounce cellophane (audio) \

Definition of cellophane

: regenerated cellulose in thin transparent sheets used especially for packaging

Examples of cellophane in a Sentence

He wrapped the gift basket in cellophane.

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The dinner tablescapes were covered in iridescent cellophane, and had cotton-candy-color blooms enclosed in Beauty and the Beast–style bell jars. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Young Flocked to the Whitney Art Party for a Night of Warhol," 30 Jan. 2019 At one point, my mom, who is a saint, started baking enough cookies every Christmas to ensure that everyone on staff got a cellophane–wrapped, beribboned plate for peak. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018 The persistent pests, also known as Indianmeal moths, will even bore through plastic cellophane for sustenance. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Woman Finds Worms in Her Little Debbie Snack Brownies," 2 June 2017 Softsoap became the name synonymous with liquid hand soap, like Scotch with cellophane tape before it, and by 1986 the brand had reached $100 million in sales. Tyler Watamanuk, New York Times, "When Did Soap, Once Simple, Get So Complicated?," 11 July 2018 Plumes of black smoke billowed from the fire as the cellophane released its chemical fumes — precisely why burn barrels have been outlawed in other counties. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Visitors will also find artists at work, interactive installations and a shimmering skyscape made from air bags and iridescent cellophane. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "What's up for Mother's Day weekend: Events for May 10-13," 6 May 2018 Laceby sealed windows and cracks in his home with cellophane wrap to keep out ash and volcanic gases. Fox News, "The Latest: No end in sight for Hawaii's erupting volcano," 18 May 2018 Not far away, a few bouquets of fresh flowers still bound in cellophane had been set at the base of the statue, along with a prayer candle with a portrait of Pope John Paul II. New York Times, "Jersey City Argues Over a Statue, and Politicians in Poland Weigh In," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of cellophane

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cellophane

French, from cellulose + -phane (as in diaphane diaphanous, from Medieval Latin diaphanus)

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The first known use of cellophane was in 1912

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cellophane

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cellophane

: a thin transparent material that is used for wrapping things

cellophane

noun
cel·​lo·​phane | \ ˈse-lə-ˌfān How to pronounce cellophane (audio) \

Kids Definition of cellophane

: a thin clear material made from cellulose and used as a wrapping

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