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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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 The archive could form a prominent display in a museum of the history of stationery. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "The Archives of an Unfulfilled Genius," 27 Dec. 2020 Not feeling seen was the reason Jasmin Foster, 31, started her own stationery line, Be Rooted. Maria Ricapito, Marie Claire, "Season’s (and Other...) Greetings," 7 Dec. 2020 The mall staple best known for selling stationery and upscale greeting cards went out of business, resulting in the closure of more than 250 stores across the US and Canada. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "The 30 retailers and restaurant chains that filed for bankruptcy in 2020," 12 Dec. 2020 The market features local vendors, including more than 60 businesses owned by women or people of color from across Oregon and includes a wide range of products, from homemade hot sauces and kombucha to skincare, stationery and jewelry. oregonlive, "How to support local Portland and Oregon businesses this holiday season without leaving your house," 11 Dec. 2020 Desire is a widely stocked gift shop with clothing and jewelry, Yeti cups, stationery, home décor, soaps, candles, seasonal decorations and more. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Frisco Gift Guide: Where to shop for Christmas gifts and more this holiday season," 3 Dec. 2020 The online store is open now through Dec. 31, featuring hundreds of items such as clothing, cards and stationery, sweets and snacks, home goods, jewelry, accessories and other gifts. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Made in Baltimore holiday pop-up shop opens for 6th year, but online only," 2 Dec. 2020 Check out potential stocking stuffers, stationery or tech accessories for your giftee. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday 2020: Save big on clothes, home and beauty items at Urban Outfitters," 30 Nov. 2020 Broadway Paper has a unique collection of gift wrap, stationery, greeting cards and more. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shop local at one of these small businesses in Milwaukee neighborhoods, from the Third Ward to Historic Mitchell Street," 25 Nov. 2020

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.

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First Known Use of stationery

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stationery was in 1727

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13 Jan 2021

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“Stationery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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

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