print·​er ˈprin-tər How to pronounce printer (audio)
: one that prints: such as
: a person engaged in printing
: a device used for printing
especially : a machine for printing from photographic negatives
: a device (such as an inkjet printer) that produces printouts

Examples of printer in a Sentence

I need a new printer for my office. Benjamin Franklin was originally a printer. The manuscript was sent to the printer yesterday.
Recent Examples on the Web Add in implementation problems, like the printers, and voter confidence in outcomes is severely and negatively impacted. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 There are plenty of tech deals worth taking advantage of this week, like a solid laptop from HP, a great printer and a Hisense TV under $100. Sara Beth Bolin, USA TODAY, 9 July 2024 Keyboards, mice, Bluetooth accessories, and printers that use generic drivers will all be fine; anything that puts a question mark in Device Manager will be harder to deal with. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 2 July 2024 There were about 100 workers in the Times building — Linotype operators, stenographers, printers, machinists, compositors. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for printer 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'printer.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of printer was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near printer

Cite this Entry

“Printer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


print·​er ˈprint-ər How to pronounce printer (audio)
: a person whose business is printing
: a device used for printing or for making printouts

More from Merriam-Webster on printer

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!