working paper


: a paper on which tentative figures, memoranda, data, or analyses of accounts are set down during the conduct of a survey (as an audit) of a business
: a tentative statement prepared to serve as a basis for discussion or negotiation
working papers plural : official documents legalizing the employment of a minor
before being employed the boy had to produce his working papers

Word History


working, gerund of work entry 3

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of working paper was in 1887

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“Working paper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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