cel·​lo·​phane ˈse-lə-ˌfān How to pronounce cellophane (audio)
: 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 However, when unboxing the Saks package – which was covered in cellophane – Bailey had a jump scare. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 Film formers are a bit like a cellophane wrapper that locks the whole formula in place. Maura Lynch, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 Floral tributes were piled densely against the palace’s gate, forming a moat of cellophane and decomposing petals. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2023 These notices were distributed by an unauthorized campus group and were attached using toxic and petroleum-based cellophane tape. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 9 Nov. 2023 Noodles packaged in yellow cellophane, to resemble egg noodles, were displayed alongside noodles in honest, untinted wrapping. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 Her stiff fingers struggled to unwrap cellophane from candy. Lexi Pandell, WIRED, 31 Aug. 2023 Sometimes, the spines become deeply embedded in the skin and need to be removed using cellophane tape, like the quick-thinking daycare teachers in Texas. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 18 Aug. 2023 Diana’s father managed to save seven hairs from Elvis’s sideburns — putting them in the cellophane wrapping from a cigarette packet — and get the star’s autograph for his daughters back home in Little Rock. John Kelly, Washington Post, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cellophane was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Cellophane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellophane. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cel·​lo·​phane ˈsel-ə-ˌfān How to pronounce cellophane (audio)
: a thin transparent material made from cellulose and used as a wrapping

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