Definition of stationery
1 : materials (as paper, pens, and ink) for writing or typing
2 : letter paper usually accompanied with matching envelopes
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
First Known Use: circa 1688
STATIONERY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of stationery for Students
: writing paper and envelopes
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