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 Items for sale include furniture, books, jewelry, collectibles, toys, hardware, artwork, household items, linens, glassware, sporting goods, holiday items, crafts, stationery, gardening supplies, luggage, pocketbooks and more., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 14 Aug. 2019 Patricia Jones, now 66, and her husband, now 67, both went to Spring Valley High School, got married and owned a stationery store together, according to Torgan. Robert Brum, USA TODAY, "She became a quadriplegic after spinal surgery. A jury awarded her $56M malpractice verdict," 12 Aug. 2019 Fabriano Antonio Mauriello, president of Savour Italy Tours, directs shoppers to Umbria for stationery, cards and notebooks featuring the logo of the esteemed paper house. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 In addition to girly dresses, jewelry, and handbags, offers stationery, cozy blankets, pillows, embroidered cocktail napkins, and more starting from $14. Lauren Matthews, Country Living, "Reese Witherspoon Launches a Southern Themed Lifestyle Site," 6 May 2015 Gianni Basso Stampatore This studio in Cannaregio does custom stationery on an antique letterpress. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Locals' Guide to Venice," 4 Sep. 2019 The shop will sell ornaments, including a 'Santa on a motorcycle' model available for £45 ($55), as well as other decorations, Christmas trees and a variety of festive stationery. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "UK department store Selfridges opens Christmas shop ... in July," 29 July 2019 Papier, a direct-to-consumer personalised stationery brand, raised $11 million in Series B funding. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "The Sexiest Category In Tech Right Now? Insurance: Term Sheet," 5 Sep. 2019 Any corner store that’s been around for decades has an awning that reads like a time capsule: newspapers, faxes, phone cards, stationery. Allie Conti, New York Times, "Can Instagram and Egg Creams Save the Last Punk Rock Bodega?," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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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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