sta·​tio·​nery | \ ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce stationery (audio) \

Definition of stationery

1 : materials (such as paper, pens, and ink) for writing or typing
2 : letter paper usually accompanied with matching envelopes

Keep scrolling for more

stationary or stationery?

The Internet is awash with mnemonics (“something (such as a word, a sentence, or a song) that helps people remember something“) designed to assist those who have trouble distinguishing between two similar words. A fair share of these turn out to be for the words stationery and stationary. The most commonly suggested method is to remember that you buy papER at a stationERy store. If this trick does not work for you, then perhaps it will help to remember that a stationery store is one that is run by a stationer. This word was originally applied to a bookseller, but by the middle of the 17th century it began to be used for a person who sells papers, pens, and office goods.

Examples of stationery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Do Design, an airy concept store on Fernando VI will woo you with its curated selection of homewares (think local linens, enamelware, and Japanese stationery). Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Sugar Paper Marlien and Coco personalized stationery set (available in four colors); $455 for a set of 50, at Sugar Paper Los Angeles, and 3. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Summer's Go-to Hostess Gifts," 22 July 2019 Also on Saturday, 1,000 Walmart stores across the nation will hold teacher event events with free cake and swag bags and Dollar General starts a limited-time teacher discount on stationery items. Editors, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Barry, Wimbledon Finals, ICE immigration raids: 5 things to know this weekend," 13 July 2019 This one, typed on White House stationery, is from May 14, 1940, courtesy of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "For George Rugg, curating Notre Dame's collection of sports gems has been labor of love," 18 June 2019 The store, owned by Gartner Studios, opened in 2010 and showcased the stationery company’s invitations and paper goods. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Mara-Mi in downtown Stillwater closes suddenly," 10 July 2019 To kick your gracious-living level up a notch, start by getting nice stationery. Marni Jameson,, "Stationery wardrobe — part 2: Handwritten cards are the grace notes of life," 20 June 2019 The show featured various items that booksellers use to complement book sales and keep customers engaged, everything from stationery and reading glasses to greeting cards and children’s toys. Kate Tuttle,, "At BookExpo, publishers ponder the future — and celebrate Grumpy Cat," 3 June 2019 This customizable creation from the stationery hotspot features 30 photos of your choosing arranged in the shape of a heart—simply send in the images, and Minted takes care of the rest. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Minted's Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art Is THE Perfect Gift for Your Nearest and Dearest," 5 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stationery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stationery

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stationery


Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stationery

Statistics for stationery

Last Updated

13 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for stationery

The first known use of stationery was in 1727

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stationery



English Language Learners Definition of stationery

: materials (such as paper, pens, and ink) that are used for writing or typing
: paper that is used for writing letters and that usually has matching envelopes


sta·​tion·​ery | \ ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce stationery (audio) \

Kids Definition of stationery

: writing paper and envelopes

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stationery

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stationery

Spanish Central: Translation of stationery

Nglish: Translation of stationery for Spanish Speakers

Comments on stationery

What made you want to look up stationery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a haphazard or makeshift solution

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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