Definitions for paperˈpeɪ pər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pa•perˈpeɪ pər(n.)

  1. a substance made from wood pulp, rags, or other fibrous material, usu. in thin sheets, used to write or print on, for wrapping, for decorating walls, etc.

    Category: Printing

  2. a piece, sheet, or leaf of this.

    Category: Printing

  3. something resembling this substance, as papyrus.

    Category: Printing

  4. a written or printed document or the like.

    Category: Printing

  5. a newspaper or journal.

  6. a scholarly essay, article, or dissertation, usu. intended for publication.

  7. a written piece of schoolwork, as a composition.

  8. Often, papers. a document establishing or verifying identity, status, or the like:

    citizenship papers.

  9. negotiable notes, bills, etc., as commercial paper or paper money.

  10. a promissory note.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  11. Ref: wallpaper .

  12. a sheet of paper with pins or needles stuck through it in rows.

  13. Slang. a free pass to an entertainment.

    Category: Status (usage)

  14. (v.t.)to cover with wallpaper.

  15. to line or cover with paper.

  16. to distribute handbills, posters, etc., throughout (an area).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  17. to fold or wrap in paper.

  18. to supply with paper.

  19. Informal. to deluge with documents, esp. those requiring response or compliance.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  20. Slang. to fill (a theater or the like) by giving away free tickets.

    Category: Status (usage)

  21. Archaic. to write or set down on paper. to describe in writing.

  22. (v.i.)to apply wallpaper to walls.

  23. paper over, to conceal or cover up (dissension, controversy, etc.), esp. to preserve an impression of accord.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  24. (adj.)made of paper: a paper bag.

  25. like paper; thin or flimsy.

  26. pertaining to routine clerical duties.

  27. conducted by means of letters, articles, books, etc.:

    a paper war.

  28. existing on paper only; not realized:

    paper profits.

Idioms for paper:

  1. on paper, in written or printed form. in theory only.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of paper:

1325–75; ME papire < L papȳruspapyrus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. paper(noun)

    a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses

  2. composition, paper, report, theme(noun)

    an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

    "he got an A on his composition"

  3. newspaper, paper(noun)

    a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements

    "he read his newspaper at breakfast"

  4. paper(noun)

    a medium for written communication

    "the notion of an office running without paper is absurd"

  5. paper(noun)

    a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses

    "he has written many scientific papers"

  6. newspaper, paper, newspaper publisher(noun)

    a business firm that publishes newspapers

    "Murdoch owns many newspapers"

  7. newspaper, paper(verb)

    the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher

    "when it began to rain he covered his head with a newspaper"

  8. paper(verb)

    cover with paper

    "paper the box"

  9. wallpaper, paper(verb)

    cover with wallpaper

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. paper(noun)ˈpeɪ pər

    a very thin flat material for writing on

    a piece/sheet of paper; colored/lined/plain paper

  2. paperˈpeɪ pər

    a newspaper

    I read the paper every morning.

  3. paperˈpeɪ pər

    an essay on a particular subject

    I have to turn my paper in next Friday.; a paper on 20th century poetry

  4. paperˈpeɪ pər

    official documents

    Are all your papers in order?

  5. paperˈpeɪ pər

    a written examination

    the history paper

  6. paperˈpeɪ pər

    written down

    I need to see the information on paper.

  7. paper(adjective)ˈpeɪ pər

    made of paper

    a paper napkin


  1. paper(Noun)

    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.

  2. paper(Noun)

    A newspaper or anything used as such (such as a newsletter or listing magazine).

  3. paper(Noun)


  4. paper(Noun)

    Wrapping paper.

  5. paper(Noun)

    A written document, generally shorter than a book (white paper, term paper), in particular one written for the Government.

  6. paper(Noun)

    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).

  7. paper(Noun)


  8. paper(Noun)

    A university course.

  9. paper(Verb)

    To apply paper to.

    to paper the hallway walls

  10. paper(Verb)

    To document; to memorialize.

    After they reached an agreement, their staffs papered it up.

  11. paper(Adjective)

    Made of paper.

  12. paper(Adjective)


    paper tiger

  13. Origin: From paper, from papier, from papyrus, from πάπυρος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paper(noun)

    a substance in the form of thin sheets or leaves intended to be written or printed on, or to be used in wrapping. It is made of rags, straw, bark, wood, or other fibrous material, which is first reduced to pulp, then molded, pressed, and dried

  2. Paper(noun)

    a sheet, leaf, or piece of such substance

  3. Paper(noun)

    a printed or written instrument; a document, essay, or the like; a writing; as, a paper read before a scientific society

  4. Paper(noun)

    a printed sheet appearing periodically; a newspaper; a journal; as, a daily paper

  5. Paper(noun)

    negotiable evidences of indebtedness; notes; bills of exchange, and the like; as, the bank holds a large amount of his paper

  6. Paper(noun)

    decorated hangings or coverings for walls, made of paper. See Paper hangings, below

  7. Paper(noun)

    a paper containing (usually) a definite quantity; as, a paper of pins, tacks, opium, etc

  8. Paper(noun)

    a medicinal preparation spread upon paper, intended for external application; as, cantharides paper

  9. Paper(adj)

    of or pertaining to paper; made of paper; resembling paper; existing only on paper; unsubstantial; as, a paper box; a paper army

  10. Paper(verb)

    to cover with paper; to furnish with paper hangings; as, to paper a room or a house

  11. Paper(verb)

    to fold or inclose in paper

  12. Paper(verb)

    to put on paper; to make a memorandum of


  1. Paper

    Paper is a thin material mainly used for writing upon, printing upon, drawing or for packaging. It is produced by pressing together moist fibers, typically cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. Paper is a versatile material with many uses. Whilst the most common is for writing and printing upon, it is also widely used as a packaging material, in many cleaning products, in a number of industrial and construction processes, and even as a food ingredient – particularly in Asian cultures. Paper, and the pulp papermaking process, was said to be developed in China during the early 2nd century AD by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BC in China.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paper' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #601

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paper' in Written Corpus Frequency: #397

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paper' in Nouns Frequency: #134

Translations for paper

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the material on which these words are written, made from wood, rags etc and used for writing, printing, wrapping parcels etc

I need paper and a pen to write a letter; (also adjective) a paper bag.

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