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noun sta·tio·nery \ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of stationery

  1. 1 :  materials (such as paper, pens, and ink) for writing or typing

  2. 2 :  letter paper usually accompanied with matching envelopes

Recent Examples of stationery from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of stationery

stationer

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STATIONERY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stationery for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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noun sta·tion·ery \ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of stationery for Students

  1. :  writing paper and envelopes



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