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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpeɪpə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈpeɪpɚ/
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- Rhymes: -eɪpə(ɹ)
- A sheet material used for writing on or printing on (or as a non-waterproof container), usually made by draining cellulose fibres from a suspension in water.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.
- A newspaper or anything used as such (such as a newsletter or listing magazine).
1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, Death on the Centre Court:
- “Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke […] whom the papers are making such a fuss about.”
- (uncountable) Wallpaper.
- (uncountable) Wrapping paper.
- A written document, generally shorter than a book (white paper, term paper), in particular one written for the Government.
- A written document that reports scientific or academic research and is usually subjected to peer review before publication in a scientific journal or in the proceedings of a scientific or academic meeting (such as a conference, a workshop or a symposium).
- A scholastic essay.
- (slang) Money.
- (New Zealand) A university course.
- A paper packet containing a quantity of items.
- a paper of pins, tacks, opium, &c.
- A medicinal preparation spread upon paper, intended for external application.
- cantharides paper
- (medium used in writing): bookfell
material for writing on
newspaper — see newspaper
wallpaper — see wallpaper
wrapping paper — see wrapping paper
written document shorter than a book
paper (not comparable)
- Made of paper.
- paper bag
- paper plane
- paper tiger
- paper gangster
made of paper
- (transitive) To apply paper to.
- to paper the hallway walls
- (transitive) To document; to memorialize.
- After they reached an agreement, their staffs papered it up.
- (transitive) To fill a theatre or other paid event with complimentary seats.
- As the event has not sold well, we'll need to paper the house.
to apply paper to
to document — see document
paper m (plural papers)
- English: paper