cel·​lo·​phane | \ˈse-lə-ˌfān \

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.

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The persistent pests, also known as Indianmeal moths, will even bore through plastic cellophane for sustenance. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Woman Finds Worms in Her Little Debbie Snack Brownies," 2 June 2017 Softsoap became the name synonymous with liquid hand soap, like Scotch with cellophane tape before it, and by 1986 the brand had reached $100 million in sales. Tyler Watamanuk, New York Times, "When Did Soap, Once Simple, Get So Complicated?," 11 July 2018 Plumes of black smoke billowed from the fire as the cellophane released its chemical fumes — precisely why burn barrels have been outlawed in other counties. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Visitors will also find artists at work, interactive installations and a shimmering skyscape made from air bags and iridescent cellophane. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "What's up for Mother's Day weekend: Events for May 10-13," 6 May 2018 Laceby sealed windows and cracks in his home with cellophane wrap to keep out ash and volcanic gases. Fox News, "The Latest: No end in sight for Hawaii's erupting volcano," 18 May 2018 Not far away, a few bouquets of fresh flowers still bound in cellophane had been set at the base of the statue, along with a prayer candle with a portrait of Pope John Paul II. New York Times, "Jersey City Argues Over a Statue, and Politicians in Poland Weigh In," 11 May 2018 Our bill also came with these nifty toy fortune teller devices, packets containing cellophane fish. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Fun, informal pop-up Good Fortune opening permanent location," 18 Oct. 2017 Consider ice cream with toppings, or a candy bar where guests can make their own goodie bags (this can even double as a wedding favor, especially with monogrammed cellophane bags). Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Save money on your wedding: 15 tips to help slice your budget," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cellophane

: a thin transparent material that is used for wrapping things


cel·​lo·​phane | \ˈse-lə-ˌfān \

Kids Definition of cellophane

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

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