clip·​ping ˈkli-piŋ How to pronounce clipping (audio)
: something that is clipped off or out of something else
grass clippings
especially : an item clipped from a publication

Examples of clipping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The university handed over around 90 documents, largely press clippings, newsletters, and emails sent in preparation for the news conference held the following Monday on the State House steps. Sam Doran,, 14 Sep. 2023 Faded news clippings, carefully snipped and placed in chronological order inside sheet protectors, recount the City Council’s selection of Shoe Lane for the college campus. Brandi Kellam and Louis Hansen, Virginia Center For Investigative Journalism At Whro, Essence, 5 Sep. 2023 In the bathroom, clippings and photos from old issues of Playboy are framed, and there are full editions of the men’s magazine on top of the toilet tank. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Sep. 2023 This can entail covering plants to shade the soil from the sun or leaving prune tree clippings on the soil to help hold moisture and act as a natural fertilizer. Alessio Perrone, Scientific American, 31 Aug. 2023 Organic waste like vegetable trimmings, egg shells, cardboard and lawn clippings (which should stay on your lawn, by the way, as cheap and useful fertilizer) are the chief contributors to methane gas in our landfills. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 About this story To see photographs, newspaper clippings and other source material that informed this story, read How The Post reported Maura’s story. Nicole Dungca, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 Curator Deborah Douglas sent me digitized copies of Ralph Alter’s doctoral thesis, a press release on the Boston Arm, and numerous press clippings. IEEE Spectrum, 30 July 2023 And yet, pasted in heavy scrapbooks stacked high in his studio are all the clippings from Time and Vogue and Eugenia Sheppard’s column, all pasted and labeled and dated. Stephen Birmingham, Town & Country, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clipping was in the 15th century

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“Clipping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


clip·​ping ˈklip-iŋ How to pronounce clipping (audio)
: something cut out or off
a newspaper clipping
grass clippings
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