legal pad


: a writing tablet of ruled yellow paper that is usually 8.5 by 14 inches (about 22 by 36 centimeters)

Examples of legal pad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Upstairs Fontana rises each morning at 5 to write TV scripts and plays, longhand on a yellow legal pad. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 And my mother produced a set of yellow legal pads contained in plastic. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 Occasionally, the organic ideas that seem mad on legal pads but prove sage come election night. Make sense of what matters in Washington. Philip Elliott, Time, 9 Aug. 2023 Donnie Kirshner had these cubicles, each with a piano and a bench, a chair for the lyricist, a few pens, a legal pad, and an ashtray. Jem Aswad, Variety, 15 June 2023 Costello, a hyper-active, arm-flailing kind of coach, reached for his ever-present yellow legal pad and frantically drew a play. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2023 When the victory was announced, Rizzo, who was tracking the vote count on a legal pad, leaped into the air and shouted with joy. Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2023 There’s also notes Pitcher’s wife, Lyda, used to leave for her husband, reminders of upcoming meets, written on a yellow legal pad in big, black 6-inch letters. Gregg Doyel indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, 15 June 2023 And while the old Miranda would have faced her mid-life crisis by whipping a legal pad out of her normcore briefcase and making a pro-con list, this Miranda’s response is a lot more Carrie. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of legal pad was in 1882

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“Legal pad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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