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

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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 Artists, artisans and makers with selections from art to food, clothing to lotions, stationery to furniture, and candles to home goods. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2022 Amid the glare of the cameras, Britain’s King Charles III seems to be having trouble with his stationery. WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 The 12-year-old chose new clothes instead of a new backpack and stationery, for example. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 4 Sep. 2022 For the most part, people view stationery products from different companies in a similar light. Michael Leonard, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Fortunately, right now, Rifle Paper Co.—the brand best known for its cheery floral illustrations on everything from planners and stationery to shoes—happens to be holding their first-ever sale on their most coveted home pieces: their furniture. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 18 Aug. 2022 Nothing feels more official than having their relationship in print, and this modern stationery does just that. Terri Huggins Hart, Woman's Day, 15 Aug. 2022 That feeling is multiplied when your notes come on personalized stationery, like this gold-foil set. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 22 Aug. 2022 Rilakkuma is a comic book character created by the San-X company in 2003 which has featured on stationery and merchandize and has been used for branding of cafes. Patrick Frater, Variety, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stationery

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Oct 2022

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“Stationery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition of stationery

: writing paper and envelopes

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