stationery

noun
sta·​tio·​nery | \ ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē \

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.

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America’s favorite designer has teamed up with Target on a new Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection of bedding, plus tabletop, lighting, and stationery items, all of which launch in stores and online on December 26th. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "A Joanna Gaines Bedding Line Is Coming To Target The Day After Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 Deborah then went on to establish the Door as the smarter, sharper option, frequented by starlets such as Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor, who preferred monogrammed stationery and breakfast in bed to communal living. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 Be a great guest and show up with a token of appreciation for your generous host, like stylish stationery or a box of fancy chocolates. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "Thoughtful Gifts For Everyone On Your List," 12 Dec. 2018 Il Papiro, the famed Florentine stationer, has its last remaining U.S. outpost on Worth Avenue: head here for notebooks and unique handmade stationery. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Here’s Why Palm Beach Has Become a Destination for Young Interior Designers," 7 Dec. 2018 Brace yourselves, because your favorite stationery brand? Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Rifle Paper Co. Just Launched A Dreamy New Line Of Rugs And Pillows," 29 Oct. 2018 In 2015, after nine years in New York City, stationery designer Jesse Levison and her partner Alex Trendelman sought a change of scenery and moved from New York to Los Angeles. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 Her personalized stationery is from Mrs. John L. Strong. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 This book and stationery store housed in the mouth-watering Asian grocery Uwajimaya is a wonderland of colors and joy. The Seattle Times, "Secret Seattle: 10 hidden neighborhood hangouts," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of stationery

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stationery

stationer

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The first known use of stationery was in 1727

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stationery

noun

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

stationery

noun
sta·​tion·​ery | \ ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē \

Kids Definition of stationery

: writing paper and envelopes

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