paste·​board | \ ˈpās(t)-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce pasteboard (audio) \

Definition of pasteboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a solid cardboard with a paper facing broadly : cardboard



Definition of pasteboard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of pasteboard
2 : sham, unsubstantial prefabricated plots and pasteboard heroes— Peter Andrews

Synonyms for pasteboard

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pasteboard in a Sentence

Noun those pasteboards I got from a scalper cost me four times their face value
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In all, the Oroville Lake Marinas company removed 130 houseboats; floating recreation palaces such as the Monte-Carol and La Bella Vita now sit in a parking lot on stacks of pasteboard props. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 19 June 2021 Tickets are all mobile — no pasteboard stubs to keep for the scrapbook anymore. Madalyn Mendoza, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Mar. 2021 If theme parks, with their pasteboard main streets, reek of a bland, safe, homogenized, white bread America, the Renaissance Faire is at the other end of the social spectrum, a whiff of the occult, a flash of danger and a hint of the erotic. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2020 The film draws on Sayat Nova’s imagery: angels with flat halos and wooden wings, a pasteboard cloud descending as a vision, the constant repetition of key props including books, silver balls and ornate rugs. New York Times, 24 May 2018 The thin strips of pasteboard nailed to the walls was a ramshackle form of insulation, and textbook tinder. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, 20 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Inside the building were wooden and pasteboard boxes filled with roughly 88,000 negatives taken by Pruitt between 1916 and 1960. Janine Latus, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Feb. 2022 All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 31 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of pasteboard


1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pasteboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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