wrap·​ping | \ ˈra-piŋ How to pronounce wrapping (audio) \

Definition of wrapping

: something used to wrap an object : wrapper

Examples of wrapping in a Sentence

She tore the wrapping off the present. Some of the mummy's wrappings had been removed.
Recent Examples on the Web While unwrapping gifts over a call is an easy way to feel connected to loved ones far away, Mindy Weiss, a party consultant based in Los Angeles who has planned fêtes for countless celebs, suggests another fun activity: a gift wrapping competition! Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Host the Perfect Virtual Holiday Celebration, According to Experts," 14 Dec. 2020 The days of book signings, book clubs and complimentary gift wrapping are numbered for River Oaks Bookstore, which will close permanently at the end of the year. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Longtime River Oaks Bookstore to close after 47 years," 20 Nov. 2020 All Carmichael's locations offer curbside pickup, free home delivery with minimum purchase and free gift wrapping through the holidays. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local: 5 unique kid-friendly gift ideas from Louisville stores for the holiday season," 13 Nov. 2020 Some students received them with wrapping, while others received them without. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "2020 is the perfect year to quit wrapping paper," 21 Dec. 2020 Our effective wrapping length increased from 7 or 9 to over 11 inches for each diagonal. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Internet Is Losing Its Mind Over This Gift-Wrapping Trick. Here's the Secret.," 8 Dec. 2020 Once Upon a Time prides itself on packaging books in an inviting way — each is kept pristine with careful wrapping — and that takes time, effort and staff. Los Angeles Times, "Column: America’s oldest children’s bookstore is struggling in the pandemic. But there’s hope," 27 Oct. 2020 The wrapping paper was hurriedly ripped away and discarded, the box opened. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, "Will Mavericks’ uneven play become a season-long concern?," 26 Dec. 2020 Trager advises the reuse of any post-holiday wrapping paper and tissue that can't be repurposed for future gifts to wrap delicate decorations and ornaments. Star Tribune, "How to pack away holiday decorations," 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of wrapping

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wrapping was in the 14th century

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22 Feb 2021

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“Wrapping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrapping. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrapping

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


wrap·​ping | \ ˈra-piŋ \

Kids Definition of wrapping

: something used to wrap something else : wrapper

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