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

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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 Tickets are all mobile — no pasteboard stubs to keep for the scrapbook anymore. Madalyn Mendoza, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs fans don't mind the extra precautions needed to see their favorite team in action again," 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, "Wenches and knights, take note: The Bristol Renaissance Faire cancels its 2020 season," 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, "In ‘The Color of Pomegranates,’ the Cinema of the Cryptic," 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, "The Christmas Gregg Doyel learned the truth about his Grandma," 20 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "I Watched a Ghoulish Masquerade in Washington," 31 Jan. 2018

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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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25 Mar 2021

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“Pasteboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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

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