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

The photo below is mine, illustrating an opinion piece for the newspaper, bemoaning the increading use of decorative LED lighting on the city's skyscrapers. Tom Gralish,, "This week in Photos: July 9, 2018," 11 July 2018 McNamara, 56, a sports writer and editor for the Capital Gazette newspapers for more than two decades, was one of five victims of the June 28 rampage at the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Capital Gazette's John McNamara eulogized as exemplary reporter who loved sports, community journalism," 10 July 2018 An indelible meeting’ Shatz was 27 and working in Prague as a foreign correspondent for a Hungarian newspaper when a cryptic postcard arrived in his mail. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "They survived the Holocaust, and then he rescued her from communism. Sixty-five years later, they’ve reunited.," 9 July 2018 In their filing, lawyers for the Charleston newspaper pointed to that previous decision and the resulting story as an example of why the national distribution data should be released. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "News organizations push for opioid data to be made public," 9 July 2018 Janis Garisons, Latvia’s defense secretary, told the National Post, a Canadian newspaper, last year. The Christian Science Monitor, "Can NATO use truth against Russian lies?," 5 July 2018 Good teachers can offer good academics, even if the textbook is subpar, said the experts who reviewed materials for the newspaper, supplementing with other materials and classroom activities. Anchorage Daily News, "Some Florida private schools’ curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together," 1 July 2018 The story is by Trish Johnson, a longtime Katy resident who has written for local newspapers, including as a freelancer for the Houston Chronicle. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy finalist for ‘Nicest Place in America’," 20 June 2018 El Universal, a big newspaper, had reportedly declined to publish the story. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 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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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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