paper

noun
pa·​per | \ ˈpā-pər How to pronounce paper (audio) \

Definition of paper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : a felted sheet of usually vegetable fibers laid down on a fine screen from a water suspension
(2) : a similar sheet of other material (such as plastic)
b : a piece of paper
2a : a piece of paper containing a written or printed statement : document pedigree papers
b : a piece of paper containing writing or print
c : a formal written composition often designed for publication and often intended to be read aloud presented a scholarly paper at the meeting
d : a piece of written schoolwork
3 : a paper container or wrapper
4 : newspaper
5 : the negotiable notes or instruments of commerce
7 : tickets especially : free passes
8 : paperback
on paper
1 : in writing wants these promises on paper
2 : in theory the plan looks good on paper
3 : figured at face value on paper the stock was worth nearly a million dollars

paper

verb
papered; papering\ ˈpā-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce papering (audio) \

Definition of paper (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to put down or describe in writing
2 : to fold or enclose in paper
3 : to cover or line with paper especially : to apply wallpaper to
4 : to fill by giving out free passes paper the theater for opening night
5 : to cover (an area) with advertising bills, circulars, or posters

intransitive verb

: to hang wallpaper

paper

adjective

Definition of paper (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : made of paper, cardboard, or papier-mâché a paper bag
b : papery
2 : of or relating to clerical work or written communication
3 : existing only in theory : nominal a paper blockade
4 : admitted by free passes a paper audience
5 : finished with a crisp smooth surface similar to that of paper paper taffeta

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Other Words from paper

Verb

paperer \ ˈpā-​pər-​ər How to pronounce paperer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for paper

Synonyms: Noun

blank, document, form

Synonyms: Adjective

formal, nominal, titular

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Examples of paper in a Sentence

Noun

We'll need pens, glue, and some paper. Be sure to print the letter on good paper. He scribbled the number on a scrap of paper. a crumpled piece of paper The border guards asked to see my papers. They published a landmark paper in 1995. The teacher was busy grading papers. She did well on her history paper.

Adjective

Their accounts showed lots of paper profits, but they went bankrupt anyway. there's a paper boycott of that company's products that nobody seems to be honoring
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fury upon discovering that someone has already completed the crossword in your Saturday paper. Colin Stokes Ellis Rosen, The New Yorker, "Facial Expressions for Reacting to the New York Times Crossword," 17 July 2019 Honey Caramels Makes about 40 caramels 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Line a standard loaf pan (about 9-by-5-inch) with parchment paper (sides and bottom). Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 The paper, which bore no relation to the American music-themed magazine, was in existence for only four months before it was shut down by the Ugandan High Court. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Rolling Stone': Theater Review," 16 July 2019 In their court papers, Epstein's lawyers proposed that his bond be secured by a mortgage on his Manhattan mansion, valued at $77 million. NBC News, "Jeffrey Epstein had cash, diamonds and a foreign passport stashed in safe, prosecutors say," 15 July 2019 The Houston Chronicle was your hometown paper for that momentous occasion and for the many others that followed. Houston Chronicle, "How you can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with the Houston Chronicle," 15 July 2019 But there are plenty of super creative, intelligent people who have desks full of papers, pile notes on the floor, move from day to day somewhat by the seat of their pants. Caitlin Wolper, Vox, "Why is it so hard to finish a notebook?," 12 July 2019 If that batch ends up being made into recycled paper, the product will be of poor quality, containing spots and holes. Egle, Detroit Free Press, "Confused about recycling? Talk to the Recycling Raccoon Squad," 12 July 2019 While some families may be held in detention facilities, it is expected that some will be detained in hotels until their deportation papers are processed. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "On My Way To Brainstorm Tech: raceAhead," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There was a young and adventurous man who found among his great-grandfather’s papers a piece of parchment that revealed the location of a hidden treasure. Quanta Magazine, "How to Find Simple Treasures in Complex Numbers," 14 Feb. 2019 The designer first encountered the pattern—de Gournay's Deco Monkeys—inside Loulou's, the exclusive nightclub in London where every room is papered in a different wild print. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Every Wall of This Upper East Side Apartment Is Interesting," 12 Feb. 2019 As if in revenge, Mabel stowed her cache of Dickinson papers in that camphorwood chest. Brenda Wineapple, WSJ, "‘After Emily’ Review: The Belles of Amherst," 25 Oct. 2018 Naturally, that means papering an entire room in Gracie can be very expensive. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Need Wall Art Ideas? Try Framing A Piece Of Wallpaper," 23 Jan. 2019 Her dark, erotic, sometimes violent pastels, hung in scroll-like strips papering the booth, are an excellent introduction to this painter, who has also illustrated the work of the Norwegian uber-writer Karl Ove Knausgaard. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "30 Must-See Artists at the Armory Show," 8 Mar. 2018 Brush a few more coats of decoupage medium over papered table to seal surface. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "7 New Ways to Decorate With Wallpaper," 26 Mar. 2010 Activist are now papering White House advisor Steven Miller's neighborhood in DC with wanted posters bearing Miller's image. Fox News, "Mike Huckabee: Peter Fonda ought to be in jail," 27 June 2018 Blankenship has claimed in court papers his primary residents in a massive six-bedroom, eight-bath Spanish style mansion near Las Vegas. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: House Republicans divided on whether to turn up the heat on Scott Pruitt," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of paper

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for paper

Noun

Middle English papir, from Anglo-French, from Latin papyrus papyrus, paper, from Greek papyros papyrus

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paper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the material that is used in the form of thin sheets for writing or printing on, wrapping things, etc.
: a sheet of paper with information written or printed on it
: official documents that give information about something or that are used as proof of something

paper

verb

English Language Learners Definition of paper (Entry 2 of 3)

: to cover (something, such as a wall) with paper

paper

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of paper (Entry 3 of 3)

: made of paper
: of or relating to paper
: existing or shown on paper or in documents but not real

paper

noun
pa·​per | \ ˈpā-pər How to pronounce paper (audio) \

Kids Definition of paper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a material made from fibers (as of wood or cloth) and in the form of thin sheets or a sheet or piece of such material Fold the paper in half.
2 : a piece of paper having something written or printed on it : document
3 : newspaper
4 : a piece of written schoolwork
5 : wallpaper

paper

adjective

Kids Definition of paper (Entry 2 of 3)

: made of paper paper plates

paper

verb
papered; papering

Kids Definition of paper (Entry 3 of 3)

: to cover with wallpaper paper a room

paper

noun
pa·​per

Legal Definition of paper

1 : a piece of paper containing a written statement: as
a : a formal written composition or document often intended for publication the Federalist papers
b : a document containing a statement of legal status, identity, authority, or ownership often used in pl. whether applying to one or more items naturalization papers this policy, including the endorsements and the attached papersMutual of Omaha
c : a document (as an answer, motion, or brief) prepared in furtherance of a legal action any paper after the complaint that is required to be served…must be filed within a reasonable time after serviceFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 5(d)
2 : a document providing evidence of a financial obligation especially : commercial paper in this entry
accommodation paper
: commercial paper used by one party to accommodate another party
bearer paper
: commercial paper that is freely negotiable by the holder and is made payable to bearer — compare order paper in this entry
chattel paper
: paper that sets out both a buyer's obligation to repay and a lender's or a seller's security interest in the goods bought or that contains the provisions of a lease of the goods
commercial paper
: a usually negotiable instrument (as a note, draft, or certificate of deposit) arising out of a commercial transaction specifically : any of the instruments constituting the obligations of a business organization that are sold as investments
order paper
: commercial paper that is payable to order — compare bearer paper in this entry
on paper
: figured at face value

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