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

There are apps to replace graphic calculators, apps that show the periodic table, apps that create paper flashcards and apps that show world maps. Teen Vogue, "How to Study for Finals: 22 Fail-Proof Study Tips for Students," 9 Apr. 2019 That’s good for ultrashort bond funds, which typically invest in high-grade paper with duration of less than a year. ... Dan Weil, WSJ, "The Current Allure of ‘Ultrashort’ Bond Funds," 7 Apr. 2019 The Erin Condren Coiled LifePlanner wowed our Textiles experts with its thick, sturdy paper, useful layouts, and more, all in a bright colorful package. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Erin Condren Coiled LifePlanner," 5 Apr. 2019 Let cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes, then use paper to lift cake from pan and cool completely on rack. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chocolate-Matcha Swirl Pound Cake," 19 Mar. 2019 Line a 12-cup standard muffin pan and a 24-cup mini muffin pan with paper liners. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 Before the models stepped out from backstage, the designer appeared with a long scroll of paper. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Emilie Helmstedt Is Writing Her Own Danish Fairy Tale With Whimsical Clothes," 22 Mar. 2019 Under the right conditions, the paper says, a select few humans can detect the Earth's magnetic field. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Some Humans Can Detect the Earth's Magnetic Field," 19 Mar. 2019 Shape dough into a ball, then transfer to a work surface and roll between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/8 inch thick. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chamomile-Mascarpone Tart With Fresh Strawberries," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Nobody is mourning Starbucks here, but papered-over windows aren’t exactly cause for celebration. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 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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