pa·​per·​mak·​er ˈpā-pər-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce papermaker (audio)
: one that makes paper
papermaking noun

Examples of papermaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web University of Notre Dame A papermaker in Massachusetts named Zenas Marshall Crane is traditionally credited with being the first to include tiny fibers in the paper pulp used to print currency in 1844. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 18 July 2023 The archenemy of the papermaker is lignin, which is a complex polymer found in the cell walls of most plants. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2014 Over the course of the last decade, China tripled its paper production and in 2009 overtook the United States as the world's biggest papermaker. John Schmid,, 2 Nov. 2022 The University of Sussex and British papermaker G.F. Smith did research that found navy blue is a calming color—in fact, the most relaxing color in the world. Hannah Bruneman, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 July 2022 But in Sri Lanka, a papermaker who incorporates elephant dung into his products shows that even wild ideas can pay off. The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Sep. 2021 Gearing up for his re-election campaign, Franklin Roosevelt watched with mounting alarm as the papermakers and dairy farmers in New Hampshire started to consider forging their own reformist agenda. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 7 Feb. 2020 As the stock of rags for papermaking grew smaller and smaller, papermakers began experimenting with other materials such as grass, silk, asparagus, manure, stone, and even hornets’ nests. Rachel Adler, Slate Magazine, 4 Aug. 2017 In the late 1600s, papermakers invented molds that produced sheets that could be quartered into leaves of about 81⁄2 by 11, and businesses gradually adopted variations on that size. Katie Nodjimbadem, Smithsonian, 29 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papermaker was circa 1580

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“Papermaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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