Meaning of PAPER in English

I. ˈpā-pər noun

Etymology: Middle English papir, from Anglo-French, from Latin papyrus papyrus, paper, from Greek papyros papyrus

Date: 14th century



(1) : a felted sheet of usually vegetable fibers laid down on a fine screen from a water suspension

(2) : a similar sheet of other material (as plastic)

b. : a piece of paper


a. : a piece of paper containing a written or printed statement : document

pedigree paper s

b. : a piece of paper containing writing or print

c. : a formal written composition often designed for publication and often intended to be read aloud

presented a scholarly paper at the meeting

d. : a piece of written schoolwork

3. : a paper container or wrapper

4. : newspaper

5. : the negotiable notes or instruments of commerce

6. : wallpaper

7. : tickets ; especially : free passes

8. : paperback

- on paper

II. verb

( pa·pered ; pa·per·ing ˈpā-p(ə-)riŋ)

Date: 1594

transitive verb

1. archaic : to put down or describe in writing

2. : to fold or enclose in paper

3. : to cover or line with paper ; especially : to apply wallpaper to

4. : to fill by giving out free passes

paper the theater for opening night

5. : to cover (an area) with advertising bills, circulars, or posters

intransitive verb

: to hang wallpaper

• pa·per·er -pər-ər noun

III. adjective

Date: 1594


a. : made of paper, cardboard, or papier-mâché

a paper bag

b. : papery

2. : of or relating to clerical work or written communication

3. : existing only in theory : nominal

a paper blockade

4. : admitted by free passes

a paper audience

5. : finished with a crisp smooth surface similar to that of paper

paper taffeta

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