Definitions for paperˈpeɪ pər

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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


  1. Paper(n.)

    pl. Documents establishing a person's identity, or status, or attesting to some right, such as the right to drive a vehicle; as, the border guard asked for his papers.

  2. paper(a.)

    Existing only on paper; unsubstantial; having very overrated power; as, a paper box; a paper army; a paper tiger.

  3. paper(v. t.)

    To cover or line with paper, especially with wallpaper; to furnish with paper hangings; to wallpaper; as, to paper a room or a house.


  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

  13. Origin: [F. papier, fr. L. papyrus papyrus, from which the Egyptians made a kind of paper, Gr. pa`pyros. Cf. Papyrus.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan:

    I was handed a slip of paper.

  2. French Proverb:

    A white wall is the fool's paper.

  3. Mao Zedong:

    All reactionaries are paper tigers.

  4. Chinese Proverb:

    A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.

  5. Omega Advisors ' Steven Einhorn:

    Never has more paper been wasted on this one.

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