pa·​per·​weight | \ ˈpā-pər-ˌwāt How to pronounce paperweight (audio) \

Definition of paperweight

: a usually small heavy object used to hold down loose papers (as on a desk)

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But decorated with wedding gifts, ornate paperweights, and glass candy holders, their places felt like HGTV palaces. Logan Scherer, Curbed, "Housesitting made me want a life I thought I didn’t need," 20 June 2019 But that didn't stop the implants from actually finding a buyer, who hopefully has no plans to use them for anything other than paperweights. Marci Robin, Allure, "A Woman Sold Her Used Breast Implants on Facebook Marketplace, and I’m So Confused," 31 May 2019 Known for his love of decoupage (his paperweights are a go-to for designers), Derian owns four charming home goods shops in New York City. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "John Derian's Decorating Secrets for the Chicest Home Ever," 13 Feb. 2019 Partygoers danced around the tables to admire the exquisitely monogrammed napkins and to trade the delightful paperweights engraved with quotes by influential women. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Women Ruled at this Kering and Colby Mugrabi–Hosted Dinner," 12 Mar. 2019 Vanessa Hogge's divine porcelain flowers are meant for the wall, but are equally good as paperweights. Sally Singer, Vogue, "10 Holiday Gifts That Dazzle, Then Largely Disappear," 29 Nov. 2018 At her desk, supplies and samples are organized in beautiful bowls and decorative objects, like coral and a gilded seashell, serve as paperweights. Sarah Bray, ELLE Decor, "Inside Aerin Lauder's Manhattan Office," 10 Jan. 2014 Last year’s featured item, the paperweight, is another example of a once-ubiquitous thing that has been phased out over the years largely due to lack of need., "Why Are Ashtrays Trending Again? Well, We'll Be Blunt...," 11 July 2018 Davis was reportedly given the material — two paperweights, one containing a small lunar rock, and the other containing a piece of the Apollo 11 heat shield — from her late husband, who worked as an engineer on the Apollo 11 mission. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Woman Sues NASA Over a Vial of Moon Dust Allegedly Given to Her by Neil Armstrong," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of paperweight

1822, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paperweight

: a small, heavy object that is used to hold down loose papers on a surface

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