news·​pa·​per | \ˈnüz-ˌpā-pər, 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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In January 2015, a Mexican newspaper reported that a Disney Cruise rescued a passenger who had fallen overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 Anyone who cannot adopt is encouraged to donate supplies to the shelters, including newspapers, puppy pads, food and toys. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Pets continue to flood Arizona animal shelters following monsoon storms," 12 July 2018 Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and Cleveland newspapers also shared classy messages for the man who returned to win a championship for the city. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Cavs' Cedi Osman wrote the most touching thank you message to LeBron James," 3 July 2018 To print such a falsehood on the front page of a major newspaper is outrageous. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla subpoenaed in the SEC’s Model 3 investigation," 2 Nov. 2018 Inside the galleries, Ocean browsed collections of Renaissance objets d’art and 18th-century paintings in a New York Times x Saçai T-shirt, printed with the text of the newspaper’s first brand campaign in a decade. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Frank Ocean Takes a Stance Against “Fake News” With His Latest Statement Tee," 18 Oct. 2018 Turkish authorities recovered the audio from Khashoggi's iPhone and his iCloud account, the newspaper said. Fox News, "Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer's slaying," 14 Oct. 2018 He was given a public defender, the newspaper said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Dad smothered screaming infant daughter — then tried to shock her back to life, Ark. police say," 12 July 2018 The newspaper La Nuova Sardegna said the 57-year-old Clooney was heading to a film set when the accident happened at a curve in the road near the entrance to the Costa Corallina residential compound in the province of Olbia. Washington Post, "Video shows moment of Clooney crash, actor thrown in air," 12 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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The first known use of newspaper was in 1670

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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, 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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