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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of newspaper in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The newspaper reports that the trend in Georgia mirrors what has happened nationally. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 Johnson, Charles Moore, Irvin Mayfield, Ivan Neville and Dr. Brice Miller, the newspaper reported. Washington Post, "Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Dave Bartholomew laid to rest," 8 July 2019 The mother of one of them reported the alleged crime to the police, the newspaper reported. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Chinese real estate empire loses $5 billion in value after founder Wang Zhenhua detained," 5 July 2019 Cline resides in Seminole Landing, Florida, near North Palm Beach, the newspaper reported. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Chris Cline dies in helicopter crash; self-made billionaire started as coal miner," 5 July 2019 Adams put the bear down after deeming its behavior a serious threat to the community, the newspaper reported. Fox News, "Alaska bear put down after breaking into fishing lodge in search of dinner," 4 July 2019 Due to the onset of darkness, rough terrain and weather moving in, the body was not retrieved until the next morning, the newspaper reported. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway resident dies in hiking fall in Colorado," 3 July 2019 The newspaper reported that Spokane police responded to a call on Sunday afternoon, and found Rypien and his wife in a public location near a bank branch. NBC News, "Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien facing assault charges," 1 July 2019 The Guardian newspaper reported that neighbors recorded Mr. Johnson’s 31-year-old partner, Carrie Symonds, shouting that he was spoiled. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Tories Pin Brexit Hopes on Boris Johnson, Blunders and All," 28 June 2019

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'newspaper.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of newspaper


1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1800, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about newspaper

Statistics for newspaper

Last Updated

12 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for newspaper

The first known use of newspaper was in 1670

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for newspaper



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on newspaper

What made you want to look up newspaper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!