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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Place a piece of screen—or newspaper/paper towel—at the bottom of the pot to prevent soil from falling through the drain hole. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Grow Your Own Aloe Plant in Time for Summer," 6 May 2019 Getty Images According to French newspaper Le Parisian, police in Paris opened an investigation this week into the theft of a heirloom ring belonging to Countess Olympia von Arco-Zinneberg. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "A 40-Carat Diamond Once Belonging to Empress Eugenie Was Stolen In Paris," 5 Apr. 2019 The legging problem—that's the title of a recent letter to the editor published in the University of Notre Dame's student newspaper The Observer. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Mother Thinks Women at the University of Notre Dame Should Stop Wearing Leggings," 28 Mar. 2019 Reports of the new tallest building in the world plastered the newspapers. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 The newspaper adds that the area is filled with 100 year-old mansions, modest Victorian spaces, and even a gingerbread house that—almost—looks cute enough to eat. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Blue Bloods' House Where the Reagans Have Their Family Dinners Is a Real Place," 22 Feb. 2019 The town newspaper, The Placencia Breeze, gives an impression of current concerns, advertising the chocolate festival (May), a birding festival (October), and the big one, the lobster festival in June. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 The cartoon displayed Friday's date as well as the name of the Illinois Times, an alternative weekly newspaper based in Springfield. Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News, Fox News, "Far-left cartoonist accused of targeting Kavanaugh's 10-year-old daughter in vicious cartoon," 26 Oct. 2018 Readers can send news tips to via the newspaper's social media channels, email or by calling the office. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Former Navajo Nation police officer sentenced to 16 years in prison for fatal DUI crash," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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