paper knife

noun

Definition of paper knife

1 : a knife for slitting envelopes or uncut pages
2 : the knife of a paper cutter

Examples of paper knife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And why is her only luggage a purse, and one of her few airport purchases a paper knife? Ian Rankin, WSJ, "Five Best: Ian Rankin on Scottish Novels," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of paper knife

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Oct 2020

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“Paper knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paper%20knife. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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