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 The requirement applies, no matter how the firearm is made — whether that be from individual pieces, a kit or 3D printers. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 In an early experiment in self-publishing, Harris would write and illustrate books using stacks of printer paper. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 These electronics will be accepted: Desktops, towers, laptops, computer monitors, keyboards and peripherals, printers, modems, tablets, e-readers, telecom devices, networking equipment, cables, cell phones and video game systems. cleveland, 7 Sep. 2023 There are even rental stations where customers can use a 3-D printer, a Cricut machine and an AccuCut die-cutting machine, which can cost hundreds of dollars. Elizabeth Myong, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 Elsewhere in the packinghouse, printers would whirr and the steam-hiss of sanitizing equipment would drone for 10 hours a day, six days a week and only rest, like the workers, on Sundays. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 24 Aug. 2023 Hot off the printer, sheets of paper would circulate the Alabama press room just seconds before Nick Saban would step to his podium. Michael Casagrande |, al, 28 Aug. 2023 Both on the Mac and on the emerging Microsoft Windows platform, desktop publishing and computer graphics became much more popular as all the high end printers adopted PostScript. Michael J. Miller, PCMAG, 25 Aug. 2023 And on July 19—a scant two days after the issue had been shipped off to the printer, a mere 10 weeks since Adele had passed away—Carmen died too. Jennifer Senior, The Atlantic, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Printer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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

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