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 Two small hearts and the hashtag #Jackson23 highlight the message printed on a white baseball nestled between a two cellophane-wrapped and weathered bouquets of flowers lying on the concrete ground. Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Dec. 2021 Made of paper and cellophane, each lantern comes with its own mini light that changes colors every few seconds. Sarah Lemire, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2021 What’s more irritating than straining to hear the delicate notes of a Chopin nocturne while the man next to you takes an eternity to extract a lozenge from its crinkly cellophane wrapper? Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 23 Aug. 2021 The President made a sign of the cross and wiped his eyes after his wife knelt and set down a large bouquet of white flowers wrapped in clear cellophane. Dominic Rech, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021 Peters picked up a flip-flop, an insole, a foam insert from a bikini cup, an N95 mask, twisted sheets of cellophane and one of his most despised forms of beach trash. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2021 In keeping with the prince's promotion of climate change and the natural environment, the plastic cellophane was removed from the flowers. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 The pouring tea doesn’t quite mask the sound of ripping cellophane. Rick Steves, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2021 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, 12 Nov. 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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“Cellophane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellophane. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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