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 Demonstrate rolling the crepe into a tube, flap-folding like an enchilada, or wrapping into a tortellini-like packet. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make crepes at home," 26 Dec. 2019 There's already plenty to do with all the shopping, gift wrapping and other holiday chores. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "The new fashion: More people eating out, more restaurants open on Christmas Day," 22 Dec. 2019 Face painting, gift wrapping and a bike raffle were all set up and ready to go. Sarah Keller, cleveland, "Brunswick area police brighten holidays for kids in need: Community Voices," 16 Dec. 2019 In the advertisement, the boy runs the shop, sweeping floors, running the cash register and wrapping gifts, all with a thumbs-up and a smile. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "This hardware store's Christmas commercial will melt your heart. It only cost $130 to make," 5 Dec. 2019 Here are some wrapping and recycling ideas: • Choose recyclable gift wrap. Dee-ann Durbin, SFChronicle.com, "Steps to make gift wrap sustainable," 29 Nov. 2019 Make a gift card purchase Nov. 25-Dec. 2, and receive free wrapping and shipping. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Get Black Friday gift card deals and discounts at these 32 metro Phoenix restaurants," 25 Nov. 2019 Their tight white wrapping carried not only English words but a stylish French inscription, Pas recommandé pour utiliser dans les boissons chaudes. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Farewell to Starbucks’s green straws," 31 Dec. 2019 Glitter, tinsel and shiny wrapping paper are now signs of the apocalypse, judging by the #zerowasteholidays and similar hashtags that are blooming on Instagram. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Is Tinsel Canceled?," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Wrapping.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrapping. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce wrapping (audio)

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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