wrap·​per | \ ˈra-pər \

Definition of wrapper

1 : that in which something is wrapped: such as
a : a tobacco leaf used for the outside covering especially of cigars
(2) : the paper cover of a book not bound in boards
c : a paper wrapped around a newspaper or magazine in the mail
2 : one that wraps
3 : an article of clothing worn wrapped around the body

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This one was a Leaf by Oscar, wrapper from Nicaragua, the binder and filler Honduran tobacco. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cigar lovers find their place to puff," 24 Feb. 2018 After years of seclusion, Wonka decides to hide five golden tickets in candy bar wrappers. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010 Plastic drink bottles are the third most common type of item found washed up on shorelines—behind cigarette butts and food wrappers—according to the Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis," 12 Dec. 2018 The trays on the second table contain cigarette butts, condom wrappers and many, many pistachio shells. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 Grapes covered in chocolate egg wrappers :( Brussel sprout truffles. Abby Ohlheiser And Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Bitcoin, Arby's, fake news: Internet April Fools' pranks you may have missed yesterday," 2 Apr. 2018 Their mementos to remember the trip by: empty butter tubs, crumpled burger foil wrappers, dirty paper napkins and a few pounds of leftover food, among other things. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel teacher's family road trip across the U.S. takes a 'trashy' turn," 19 June 2018 On the bar were silver trays with Italiano Diet items in their wrappers. James Barron, New York Times, "Ivana Trump Wants to Talk Diet, Not Donald," 13 June 2018 On the corner of the counter, resting on top of my giftwrap, was the chocolate in its foil wrapper. Susan Fekete, Longreads, "The Stuff That Came Between Mom and Me: A Story About Hoarding," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of wrapper

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wrapper

: a thin piece of paper, plastic, etc., that covers or surrounds something to protect it


wrap·​per | \ ˈra-pər \

Kids Definition of wrapper

1 : a protective covering candy wrappers
2 : a person who wraps merchandise
3 : a garment that is worn wrapped about the body

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