cellophane

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noun cel·lo·phane \ˈse-lə-ˌfān\

Definition of cellophane

  1. :  regenerated cellulose in thin transparent sheets used especially for packaging

Examples of cellophane in a sentence

  1. He wrapped the gift basket in cellophane.

Origin and Etymology of cellophane

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


First Known Use: 1912


CELLOPHANE Defined for English Language Learners

cellophane

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noun cel·lo·phane \ˈse-lə-ˌfān\

Definition of cellophane for English Language Learners

  • : a thin transparent material that is used for wrapping things


CELLOPHANE Defined for Kids

cellophane

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noun cel·lo·phane \ˈse-lə-ˌfān\

Definition of cellophane for Students

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



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