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 Unfortunately, that means more unrecyclable refuse getting thrown in the recycling bin: items such as bubble wrap, cellophane, Christmas lights, ribbons, clothing, foam and electronics. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "‘Tis the season to recycle (the right way)," 29 Nov. 2019 Papers that contain foil, plastic coating, cellophane and glitter are not recyclable, according to the American Forest and Paper Association. Dee-ann Durbin, SFChronicle.com, "Steps to make gift wrap sustainable," 29 Nov. 2019 But when a grandmother came in this past August, holding two cellophane bags packed with fabric and straps and no instructions, Schamber was at a loss. Lauren Gravitz, chicagotribune.com, "Don’t trust every car seat you see. Here’s what you need to know about vetting the devices.," 6 Nov. 2019 But when a grandmother came in this past August, holding two cellophane bags packed with fabric and straps and no instructions, Schamber was at a loss. Washington Post, "Knockoff car seats are infiltrating the market, and they could be deadly," 5 Nov. 2019 The packs were red and white, wrapped in cellophane. Garnett Kilberg Cohen, The New Yorker, "My Life in Smoke," 25 Aug. 2019 Bantam Books used dark, ugly paper little better than newsprint, the shiny cellophane on Mentor covers regularly delaminated, the design of Pocket Books struck me as bland and the glue binding for Dell titles occasionally dried out. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "In praise of pretty books," 14 Aug. 2019 Some used pool toys as shields while others had wrapped their extremities in cellophane to protect their skin from tear gas. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "After major Hong Kong shopping district rocked by chaos, twin protests loom," 4 Aug. 2019 No evidence of coins thrown or swinging arms; no history or in-between; no carnations wrapped in cellophane piled up on the sidewalk; those collapsed years, all the befores befores befores. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019

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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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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cellophane.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellophane. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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