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news·​pa·​per ˈnüz-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce newspaper (audio)
: a paper that is printed and distributed usually daily or weekly and that contains news, articles of opinion, features, and advertising
: an organization that publishes a newspaper
: the paper of a newspaper : newsprint


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newspapered; newspapering; newspapers

intransitive verb

: to do newspaper work

Examples of newspaper in a Sentence

Noun He used some newspaper to get the fire started. She worked for the newspaper for 20 years.
Recent Examples on the Web
Last month, he was ordered to pay nearly $400,000 in legal fees to The New York Times after suing the newspaper unsuccessfully. Jake Offenhartz, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 There has been mass digitization of archival newspapers since 2005. Bill Swank, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 Guelzo concedes that the wartime president did encroach on civil liberties by, among other things, arresting political dissenters and shutting down unfriendly newspapers. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2024 Libraries have long been known as a place to check out a book or browse through newspapers, magazines and other resource materials. Janice Phelan, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 The list includes the police raid of a small town newspaper, canceling students and professors for their views on the Israel-Hamas war, and retroactively censoring famous authors without their consent. Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 14 Feb. 2024 Last week, the newspaper reported that the Japan Immigration Services Agency (ISA) has announced plans to launch a six-month digital nomad visa in late March. Hannah Towey, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Feb. 2024 Others with stakes included John B. Clyburn, a brother of Representative James Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina, and Patti Solis Doyle, a Democratic political operative, the newspaper reported. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 The first Groundhog Day was reported in a newspaper in 1886, according to the Punxsutawney Ground Club. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024
My friend David Carr, who died in 2015, had a line about newspapering that’s true of cooking as well. Sam Sifton, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2020 What trends online, even if artificially driven, helps influence everything from what stories newspaper reporters pursue to which guests radio show producers book. P.w. Singer, Time, 19 Oct. 2019 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, 19 Aug. 2014 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, 11 June 2018 The old Hollywood’s history of infatuation with newspapering met the new Hollywood’s detestation of Nixon. Mark Feeney, Slate Magazine, 14 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of newspaper was in 1670

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“Newspaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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: a paper that is printed and distributed usually daily or weekly and contains news, articles of opinion, features, and advertising

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