What does paper mean?

Definitions for paper
ˈpeɪ pərpa·per

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word paper.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. papernoun

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

  2. composition, paper, report, themenoun

    an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

    "he got an A on his composition"

  3. newspaper, papernoun

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

    "he read his newspaper at breakfast"

  4. papernoun

    a medium for written communication

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

  5. papernoun

    a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses

    "he has written many scientific papers"

  6. newspaper, paper, newspaper publishernoun

    a business firm that publishes newspapers

    "Murdoch owns many newspapers"

  7. newspaper, paperverb

    the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher

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

  8. paperverb

    cover with paper

    "paper the box"

  9. wallpaper, paperverb

    cover with wallpaper


  1. Papernoun

    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. paperadjective

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

  3. paperverb

    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. papernoun

    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. papernoun

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

  3. papernoun


  4. papernoun

    Wrapping paper.

  5. papernoun

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

  6. papernoun

    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. papernoun


  8. papernoun

    A university course.

  9. paperverb

    To apply paper to.

    to paper the hallway walls

  10. paperverb

    To document; to memorialize.

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

  11. paperadjective

    Made of paper.

  12. paperadjective


    paper tiger

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Paperadjective

    Any thing slight or thin.

    There is but a thin paper wall between great discoveries and a perfect ignorance of them. Burnet.

  2. PAPERnoun

    Etymology: papier, French; papyrus, Latin.

    I have seen her unlock her closet, take forth paper. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis as impossible to draw regular characters on a trembling mind, as on a shaking paper. John Locke, on Education.

    What see you in those papers, that you lose
    So much complexion? look ye how they change!
    Their cheeks are paper. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    Nothing is of more credit or request, than a petulant paper, or scoffing verses. Ben Jonson.

    They brought a paper to me to be sign’d. Dryden.

    Do the prints and papers lie? Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Paperverb

    To register.

    Etymology: from the noun.].

    He makes up the file
    Of all the gentry: and his own letter
    Must fetch in him he papers. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.


  1. Paper

    Paper is the second song of a double-A sided single from Queen Latifahs 1998 album Order in the Court. One of the first Queen Latifah songs that is all singing and no rap, it is essentially a cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" with significantly altered lyrics. The song was produced by Pras of The Fugees.


  1. paper

    Paper is a versatile and thin material made from plant fibers (such as wood pulp) or other materials that have been processed into a flexible sheet. It is commonly used as a surface for writing, printing, drawing, and packaging, as well as for various everyday purposes. Paper can be found in different forms and sizes, and it is typically lightweight and can easily be folded, cut, or manipulated.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Papernoun

    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. Papernoun

    a sheet, leaf, or piece of such substance

  3. Papernoun

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

  4. Papernoun

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

  5. Papernoun

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

  6. Papernoun

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

  7. Papernoun

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

  8. Papernoun

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

  9. Paperadjective

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

  10. Paperverb

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

  11. Paperverb

    to fold or inclose in paper

  12. Paperverb

    to put on paper; to make a memorandum of

  13. Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paper

    pā′pėr, n. the material made from rags or vegetable fibres on which we commonly write and print: a piece of paper: a written or printed document or instrument, note, receipt, bill, bond, deed, &c.: a newspaper: an essay or literary contribution, generally brief: paper-money: paper-hangings for walls: a set of examination questions: free passes of admission to a theatre, &c., also the persons admitted by such.—adj. consisting or made of paper.—v.t. to cover with paper: to fold in paper: to treat in any way by means of paper, as to sand-paper, &c.: to paste the end-papers and fly-leaves at the beginning and end of a book before fitting it into its covers.—ns. Pā′per-bar′on, or -lord, one who holds a title that is merely official, like that of a Scotch Lord of Session, &c., or whose title is merely by courtesy or convention; Pā′per-case, a box for holding writing materials, &c.; Pā′per-chase, the game of hounds and hares, when the hares scatter bits of paper to guide the hounds; Pā′per-cigar′, a cigarette; Pā′per-clamp, a frame for holding newspapers, sheets of music, &c., for easy reference; Pā′per-clip, or Letter-clip, an appliance with opening and closing spring, for holding papers together; Pā′per-cloth, a fabric prepared in many of the Pacific islands from the inner bark of the mulberry, &c.; Pā′per-cred′it, credit given to a person because he shows by bills, promissory notes, &c. that money is owing to him; Pā′per-cut′ter, a machine for cutting paper in sheets, for trimming the edges of books, &c.; Pā′per-day, one of certain days in each term for hearing causes down in the paper or roll of business; Pā′per-enam′el, an enamel for cards and fine note-paper.—adj. Pā′per-faced (Shak.), having a face as white as paper.—ns. Pā′per-feed′er, an apparatus for delivering sheets of paper to a printing-press, &c.; Pā′per-file, an appliance for holding letters, &c., for safety and readiness of reference; Pā′per-gauge, a rule for measuring the type-face of matter to be printed, and the width of the margin; Pā′per-hang′er, one who hangs paper on the walls of rooms, &c.—n.pl. Pā′per-hang′ings, paper, either plain or with coloured figures, for hanging on or covering walls.—ns. Pā′pering, the operation of covering or hanging with paper: the paper itself; Pā′per-knife, -cut′ter, -fold′er, a thin, flat blade of ivory, &c., for cutting open the leaves of books and other folded papers; Pā′per-mak′er, one who manufactures paper; Pā′per-mak′ing; Pā′per-mar′bler, one engaged in marbling paper; Pā′per-mill, a mill where paper is made; Pā′per-mon′ey, pieces of paper stamped or marked by government or by a bank, as representing a certain value of money, which pass from hand to hand instead of the coin itself; Pā′per-mus′lin, a glazed muslin for dress linings, &c.; Pā′per-nau′tilus, or -sail′or, the nautilus; Pā′per-off′ice, an office in Whitehall where state-papers are kept; Pā′per-pulp, the pulp from which paper is made; Pā′per-punch, an apparatus for piercing holes in paper; Pā′per-reed (B.), the papyrus; Pā′per-rul′er, one who, or an instrument which, makes straight lines on paper; Pā′per-stain′er, one who prepares paper-hangings; Pā′per-test′er, a machine for testing the stretching strength of paper; Pā′per-wash′ing (phot.), water in which prints have been washed; Pā′per-weight, a small weight for laying on a bundle of loose papers to prevent them from being displaced.—adj. Pā′pery, like paper.—Bristol paper or board, a strong smooth paper for drawing on; Brown-paper (see Brown); Chinese paper, rice-paper: a fine soft slightly brownish paper made from bamboo bark, giving fine impressions from engravings; Cream-laid paper, a smooth paper of creamy colour, much used for note-paper; Distinctive paper, a fine silk-threaded fibre paper used in the United States for bonds, &c.; Filter-paper (see Filter); Hand-made paper, that made wholly by hand, as still with some kinds of printing and drawing papers; Height-to-paper, in typefounding, the length of a type from its face to its foot (1112 inch); Hot-pressed paper, paper polished by pressure between heated plates; Imperfect paper, sheets of poorer quality, as the two outside quires of a ream; India paper (see Indian); Japanese paper, a soft fine paper made from the bark of the paper-mulberry, giving good impressions of plate engravings; Lithographic paper, paper used for taking impressions from lithographic stones; Litmus paper (see Litmus); Marbled paper (see Marble); Parchment paper, a tough paper, prepared in imitation of parchment by dipping in diluted sulphuric acid and washing with weak ammonia; Plain paper, unruled paper: (phot.) any unglossy paper; Plate paper, the best class of book paper; Printing paper (see Print); Rag-paper, that made from the pulp of rags; Ruled paper, writing-paper ruled with lines for convenience; Sensitised paper (phot.), paper chemically treated so that its colour is affected by the action of light; State-paper (see State); Test-paper (see Test); Tissue-paper, a very thin soft paper for wrapping delicate articles, protecting engravings in books, &c.—also Silk-paper; Tracing-paper, transparent paper used for copying a design, &c., by laying it over the original, and copying the lines shown through it; Transfer-paper (see Transfer); Vellum paper, a heavy ungrained smooth paper, sometimes used in fine printing; Whatman paper, a fine quality of English paper, with fine or coarse grain, used for etchings, engravings, &c.; Wove paper, paper laid on flannel or felt, showing no marks of wires; Wrapping-paper, coarse paper used for wrapping up parcels, &c. [A shortened form of papyrus.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. papernoun

    Cash money (paper bank notes)

  2. papernoun

    Cigarettes or weed rolling papers.

  3. papernoun

    On paper mean u on probation or parole

Etymology and Origins

  1. Paper

    From the Greek papyros, the Egyptian plant out of the reeds of which the earliest writing material was made.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PAPER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Paper is ranked #67126 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Paper surname appeared 294 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Paper.

    94.2% or 277 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.
    2% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paper in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of paper in a Sentence

  1. Richard Steele:

    It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.

  2. Amy Klobuchar:

    Mayor Buttigieg really has a slogan that was thought up by Mayor Buttigieg consultants to paper over a thin version of a plan that would leave millions of people unable to afford their health care. It's not a plan. It's a PowerPoint, and Amy's plan is even less. It's like Insert Plan,' Insert Plan Here.

  3. Naamit Kurshan Gerber:

    So we’ve had evidence before this paper that in women over 70, adding radiation lowers the risk of local recurrence, but it doesn’t change survival. And this study is really adding to the weight of that evidence, but it’s also, of course, lowering the age from 70 to 65, the role of radiation in these women is really reducing this risk of local recurrence, which it does, but there’s really no effect on overall survival.

  4. Joshy Jacob:

    In this paper we screened 32 peptides, and the surprise was that four out of 32 had activity against the virus, out of the four, we found one of them (urumin) was non-toxic to human cells.

  5. Peter Cardillo:

    It's the( Fed) communiqué that's going to count, but the real problem here is the junk bond market, which is tied to oil prices, a lot of paper written to oil companies are in question, and so it ties in with the price of oil.

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