printed matter


: matter printed by any of various mechanical processes that is eligible for mailing at a special rate

Examples of printed matter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There seemed to be a hunger out there for printed matter. Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 Riffing off that collective nature, Laila will this month launch, a new site selling fashion-centric printed matter: magazines, photography and art books, catalogs, invitation cards, and more. Monica Kim, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of printed matter was in 1836

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“Printed matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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