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paper noun ( MATERIAL )

  • I didn't realize we had to write each answer on a new sheet of paper.
  • The parcel had only been loosely wrapped , and the paper had come off.
  • Have you got a scrap of paper I could write on?
  • He rifled through the papers on the desk , but couldn't find the photographs .
  • The leaflets will be printed on recycled paper.
  • ballpoint pen
  • fountain pen
  • hanging chad
  • propelling pencil

paper noun ( DOCUMENT )

  • above/below the fold idiom
  • circulation
  • glossy magazine
  • house journal
  • house organ
  • Sunday paper
  • supermarket tabloid

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Definition of paper

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Examples of paper in a Sentence

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Word History

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

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Phrases Containing paper

  • blotting paper
  • cigarette paper
  • commit (something) to paper / writing
  • butcher paper
  • commercial paper
  • garnet paper
  • crepe paper
  • graph paper
  • greaseproof paper
  • green paper
  • height to paper
  • funny paper
  • carbon paper
  • filter paper
  • paper chromatography
  • lavatory paper
  • not worth the paper it's written / printed on
  • manila paper
  • kitchen paper
  • paper knife
  • paper cutter
  • paper money
  • paper pusher
  • paper round
  • paper route
  • paper qualification
  • paper profit
  • paper tiger
  • paper trail
  • paper - thin
  • position paper
  • paper - train
  • push paper(s)
  • put / set pen to paper
  • scratch paper
  • run - of - paper
  • scrap paper
  • tissue paper
  • toilet paper
  • tracing paper
  • writing paper
  • waxed paper
  • white paper
  • wrapping paper
  • order paper
  • paper birch
  • litmus paper
  • paper towel
  • Bible paper
  • paper over the cracks
  • rough paper
  • construction paper
  • India paper
  • silver paper
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  • put pen to paper
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Middle English papir "paper," from early French papier (same meaning), from Latin papyrus "paper, papyrus" — related to papyrus

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In theory, hypothetically, as in Considering casualties, on paper the Americans won the Vietnam War , or They are a good team on paper but not so in the field . This metaphoric expression contrasts something written down with concrete reality. [Late 1700s]

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