stationery

noun
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.

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Each letter, limited to 700 words, would be written on regular stationery, then photographed (after clearance by government censors); that image was transferred to a roll of microfilm for transportation. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Aside from jewelry, there are bags, scarves, candles, even stationery that appeal to both the sleek minimalist and the all-out maximalist—all at affordable prices. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 One American, apparently the son of Russian or Eastern European immigrants, drafted the truce offering in rough Russian on Knights of Columbus stationery decorated with an American flag. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 The renaming is expected to cost $26,000, with a stone facade, signs, stationery, and shirts for students and staff members updated with the new name, district documents state. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "This school was named for a Confederate general. Now, it’s Obama Elementary.," 19 June 2018 Here are a few reasons to dust off the stationery and write a few notes: 1. Southern Living, "Is It Tacky To Send An Email In Place of A Handwritten Thank You Note?," 12 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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 How to pronounce stationery (audio) \

Kids Definition of stationery

: writing paper and envelopes

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