wrap·​per | \ ˈra-pər How to pronounce wrapper (audio) \

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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But in a stadium, disposable food containers and wrappers, even those containing uneaten food, can be gathered in one place, and all of the waste can be processed in an industrial composter. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "Biodegradable shopping bags buried for three years still work," 28 Apr. 2019 The new law also applies to rolling papers, filters, blunt wrappers, liquids and other accessories involved with smoking or vaping. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Ohio raises legal smoking age to 21," 18 July 2019 But the charm theme didn’t stop there — Elle matched her attention-grabbing necklace to her brightly colored manicure with individual charms hanging from each nail, ranging from an order of fries (yum) to what looks like candy wrappers. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Elle Fanning Wears Miu Miu Crop Top and Pants to the Met Gala 2019," 7 May 2019 Working with 1 at a time, submerge rice paper wrapper in warm water just until soft. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Vietnamese Shrimp and Vegetable Rolls," 13 June 2016 For a newer dish, Chesa rolls Dungeness crab up tight in a wonton wrapper then lays each crispy cigar on a plate with flower petals, fish roe and a fresh green bean purée. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Ataula is Portland’s finest Spanish restaurant (2019 review)," 4 Aug. 2019 One version is filled with soupy beef and herbs encased in a soft noodle wrapper that chews more like lasagna than a dumpling skin. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The best dumplings in Los Angeles, an official guide," 29 July 2019 The latest viral trend comes on the heels of the Shell On Challenge, which saw teenagers eating banana peels, candy wrappers and more in late April. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "What's the Bottle Cap Challenge? Here's what you need to know about the latest viral trend," 2 July 2019 From wringing her cheese wrappers to waving her arms to music, Kate Duffy always finds a way to satisfy her urge to fidget. Linda Velasquez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kate: Teen turns to writing to cope with anxiety," 27 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce wrapper (audio) \

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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