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paper

noun pa·per \ ˈpā-pər \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of paper

1 a (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
2 a : 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
6 : wallpaper 1
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

Examples of paper in a Sentence

  1. We'll need pens, glue, and some paper.

  2. Be sure to print the letter on good paper.

  3. He scribbled the number on a scrap of paper.

  4. a crumpled piece of paper

  5. The border guards asked to see my papers.

  6. They published a landmark paper in 1995.

  7. The teacher was busy grading papers.

  8. She did well on her history paper.

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Origin and Etymology of paper

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

paper Synonyms

Synonyms
blank, document, form
Related Words
instrument, writ; filing; sheet

Other Paper Terms


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paper

verb

Definition of paper

papered; papering play \ˈpā-p(ə-)riŋ\
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

paperer

play \ˈpā-pər-ər\ noun

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First Known Use of paper

1594


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paper

adjective

Definition of paper

1 a : 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

Examples of paper in a Sentence

  1. Their accounts showed lots of paper profits, but they went bankrupt anyway.

  2. there's a paper boycott of that company's products that nobody seems to be honoring

First Known Use of paper

1549

paper Synonyms

Other Paper Terms


PAPER Defined for English Language Learners

paper

noun

Definition of paper for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • papers : official documents that give information about something or that are used as proof of something


paper

verb

Definition of paper for English Language Learners

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


paper

adjective

Definition of paper for English Language Learners

  • : made of paper

  • : of or relating to paper

  • : existing or shown on paper or in documents but not real


PAPER Defined for Kids

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paper

noun pa·per \ ˈpā-pər \

Definition of paper for Students

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

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paper

adjective

Definition of paper for Students

: made of paper
  • paper plates

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paper

verb

Definition of paper for Students

papered; papering
: to cover with wallpaper
  • paper a room

Law Dictionary

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 papers
  • Mutual 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 service
  • Federal 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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