wall·​pa·​per | \ ˈwȯl-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce wallpaper (audio) \

Definition of wallpaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : decorative paper for the walls of a room
2 : the background image or set of images displayed on a computer screen After becoming a member, the user gets to design a homepage with his or her choice of pictures, music, wallpaper, writing, and information making each page unique.— Fahiym Ratcliffe


wallpapered; wallpapering; wallpapers

Definition of wallpaper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide the walls of (a room) with wallpaper

intransitive verb

: to put wallpaper on a wall

Examples of wallpaper in a Sentence

Noun The wallpaper began to peel.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The roughly 4,400-square-foot, four-bedroom house dates to 1916 but was renovated in the 1970s and has a retro bar and a bright yellow kitchen with vintage wallpaper depicting fruit, Mr. Elfman said. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Danny Elfman, Who Scored ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ Lists L.A. Homes for $14.6 Million," 21 Oct. 2020 Perovskites can be printed using an inkjet printer and can be as thin as wallpaper. Adrian Lydon, CNN, "Forget silicon. This material could be a game-changer for solar power," 14 Oct. 2020 This Instant Pot is inspired by vintage floral wallpaper. Medea Giordano, Wired, "20 Amazing Prime Day Deals for $50 or Less," 14 Oct. 2020 For the new show, these playbacks are accompanied by visual interpretations that read as half lyric video, half animated wallpaper. cleveland, "How the hit music podcast ‘Song Exploder’ became a Netflix series," 7 Oct. 2020 The Germany Army Group North didn’t fall for the curators’ last-ditch effort to hide the amber panels behind wallpaper. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The wreck of the WWII steamship Karlsruhe may hold lost Russian treasure," 7 Oct. 2020 Heavy gifts are a great reason to save wallpaper scraps (or buy some rolls cheap on Etsy!). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Wrap Gifts So They Look Good *and* Arrive Intact," 7 Oct. 2020 So much of what makes Ferraris, McLarens, and Lamborghinis the stuff of phone wallpaper fantasy is present. Popular Mechanics, "The 2020 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 6 Oct. 2020 Perhaps only Farman-Farma would think to hang an array of them in the dining room of a proper colonial, atop an intense botanical wallpaper near a table draped in an Uzbek fabric. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "In Connecticut, a House That Blurs the Boundaries of Time and Place," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her lively, graphic, and colorful patterns can now be found on everything from gift bags to wallpaper to throw pillows. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "102 Black Designers, Crafters, Makers, and More to Follow on Instagram Now," 12 June 2020 For the first time, the hallways at Hueytown Elementary School are wallpapered with black history. al, "How a school’s 1st black history celebration empowered Jefferson County students," 1 Mar. 2020 An ungainly addition had been tacked on for an expansive new master suite, the wood paneling had been painted and wallpapered over, the original windows had been replaced and the whole place had a vaguely musty smell. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "A Childhood Crush, Updated for the 21st Century," 11 Feb. 2020 Despite the rising popularity of dark colors, wallpapered ceilings, and maximalism, the designers found that the modern farmhouse still isn’t going anywhere. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Farmhouse Style Isn’t Going Anywhere, According to Google Trends," 11 Dec. 2019 The eyes are quickly magnetized by dense blue sapphire waves wallpapered high, and Thunberg—arms crossed, eyes alight—is peeking from backstage. Jason Parham, Wired, "Depth of Field: Greta Thunberg Takes on the World," 13 Dec. 2019 Both nurseries were painted, wallpapered, and trimmed in grosgrain ribbon—a sweet alternative to traditional molding. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate 90-Day Timeline for Designing a Nursery Suite," 27 May 2019 Rooms were effectively just wallpapered with old master paintings. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Location: How HBO’s ‘Catherine The Great’ Retraces the Russian Ruler’s Footsteps," 8 Nov. 2019 He and his siblings ate pizza and pasta with their grandmother, Princess Isabelle, who was for decades a leading doyenne in Roman society, in a dining room wallpapered in sumptuous red silk. Jason Horowitz, Town & Country, "Inside Palazzo Colonna, Rome's Last Great Sanctuary of Renaissance Splendor," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of wallpaper


1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1918, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Wallpaper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallpaper. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wallpaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thick decorative paper used to cover the walls of a room



English Language Learners Definition of wallpaper (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put wallpaper on the walls of (a room)


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Kids Definition of wallpaper

: decorative paper for covering the walls of a room

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