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.
Recent Examples on the Web Before pumping the tree with carbon dioxide and sealing it with foam cellophane, scientists managed to capture nearly 100 hornets, including two queens. Washington Post, "A nest filled with hundreds of ‘murder hornets’ was destroyed ‘just in the nick of time,’ officials say," 12 Nov. 2020 Better yet, make your own filter with a rubber band and some red cellophane. Cameron Johnson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Astronomy," 10 Nov. 2020 The company is removing cellophane from its packaging, but the cards themselves have always been recyclable. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Toy companies are cutting back on plastic to reduce waste," 26 Oct. 2020 Bag the rest up in cellophane and make your friends and family love you forever. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "How to make your own bath bombs," 16 Dec. 2016 Uno plans to remove the cellophane from all of its card decks by 2021. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Toy companies are cutting back on plastic to reduce waste," 26 Oct. 2020 This isn't just about plastic jars or cellophane or the Pacific Ocean. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, "How 4 Beauty Brands Get Their Goods Around the World (and Help the Planet Along the Way)," 20 Apr. 2020 Each basket contained coloring books, stuffed animals, candy and more; they were wrapped in cellophane and ribbon. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When an Easter egg hunt for kids with special needs was canceled, a Franklin pastor delivered baskets to the children's homes," 1 Apr. 2020 They are made from latex that is grown and harvested sustainably, and packaged with 100% recycled paperboard and vegetable inks (and no cellophane or plastics). Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "This group says we need fewer humans. It's giving out condoms featuring endangered animals.," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Cellophane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellophane. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cellophane

: a thin transparent material that is used for wrapping things


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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