news·​pa·​per | \ ˈnüz-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce newspaper (audio) , ˈnyüz-, ˈn(y)üs-\

Definition of newspaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a paper that is printed and distributed usually daily or weekly and that contains news, articles of opinion, features, and advertising
2 : an organization that publishes a newspaper
3 : the paper of a newspaper : newsprint


newspapered; newspapering; newspapers

Definition of newspaper (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to do newspaper work

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Examples of newspaper in a Sentence


He used some newspaper to get the fire started. She worked for the newspaper for 20 years.

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According to the National Center for Trans Equality, name changes in Ohio require filing a court petition and publishing a notice in a local newspaper. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Trans Teen's Name Change Could Be Allowed After an Ohio Judge's Initial Ruling Was Overturned," 12 Mar. 2019 The secretary of state's response neither confirmed nor denied a report in South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper that the recording was among the gifts Pompeo intended to present to Kim. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "Pompeo visits North Korea to 'fill in' denuclearization detail," 6 July 2018 The newspaper reports that The BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe in Brooklyn, New York, caters everything. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's What the 'Blue Bloods' Stars Are Actually Eating During the Reagan Family Dinners," 29 Dec. 2018 Justin baited half a frozen squid on his line and quickly snagged something large, the newspaper reported. Stephen Hudak,, "Brevard family enjoys tiger-shark steaks for July 4 after teen's catch: report," 6 July 2018 Perhaps the two least honest paragraphs in American newspapers today arrive courtesy of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.). James Freeman, WSJ, "Remember When Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders Loved Business?," 4 Feb. 2019 Amid his campaign for a second term, Buttigieg came out as gay in a column in the local newspaper. Sara Burnett, The Seattle Times, "Democratic Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins 2020 presidential race," 23 Jan. 2019 In 2014, Edith came across an article in a local Indiana newspaper about the Angel Gown Program at Riley Children's Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 And Trump takes out full-page ads in major American newspapers affirming this view. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades," 8 Dec. 2018

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This may seem like an ironic gift for a man who newspaper publishers once railed against as the destroyer of classified ads, a high-margin pillar in broadsheet and tabloid profits. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Craigslist Founder Donates $20 Million To Endow Journalism Program," 11 June 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the gymnast who newspaper Moskovsky Korrespondent reported Putin was planning to marry. Owen Matthews, Newsweek, "The Top Secret Family Life of Vladimir Putin," 19 Aug. 2014 The old Hollywood’s history of infatuation with newspapering met the new Hollywood’s detestation of Nixon. Mark Feeney, Slate Magazine, "All the President’s Men," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of newspaper


1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of newspaper

: a set of large sheets of paper that have news stories, information about local events, advertisements, etc., and that are folded together and sold every day or every week
: the paper on which a newspaper is printed
: a company that publishes a newspaper


news·​pa·​per | \ ˈnüz-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce newspaper (audio) , ˈnyüz-\

Kids Definition of newspaper

: a paper that is printed and sold usually every day or weekly and that contains information on recent events, articles of opinion, features, and advertising

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