What does paper mean?

Definitions for paper
ˈpeɪ pərpa·per

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word paper.

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.

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

Etymology and Origins

  1. Paper

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

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

How to pronounce paper?

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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. Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan:

    I was handed a slip of paper.

  2. Ken Ono:

    What we have done in our paper.

  3. French Proverb:

    A white wall is the fool's paper.

  4. Mao Zedong:

    All reactionaries are paper tigers.

  5. Carson Block:

    ESG is the paper straw of investing.

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