I. noun Etymology: Middle English papir, from Anglo-French, from Latin papyrus papyrus, paper, from Greek papyros papyrus Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) a felted sheet of usually vegetable fibers laid down on a fine screen from a water suspension (2) a similar sheet of other material (as plastic) b. a piece of paper 2. a. a piece of paper containing a written or printed statement ; document <
pedigree papers
b. a piece of paper containing writing or print c. a formal written composition often designed for publication and often intended to be read aloud <
presented a scholarly paper at the meeting
d. a piece of written schoolwork 3. a paper container or wrapper 4. newspaper 5. the negotiable notes or instruments of commerce 6. wallpaper 7. tickets; especially free passes 8. paperback II. verb (papered; papering) Date: 1594 transitive verb 1. archaic to put down or describe in writing 2. to fold or enclose in paper 3. to cover or line with paper; especially to apply wallpaper to 4. to fill by giving out free passes <
paper the theater for opening night
5. to cover (an area) with advertising bills, circulars, or posters intransitive verb to hang wallpaper • paperer noun III. adjective Date: 1594 1. a. made of paper, cardboard, or papier-mâché <
a paper bag
b. papery 2. of or relating to clerical work or written communication 3. existing only in theory ; nominal <
a paper blockade
4. admitted by free passes <
a paper audience
5. finished with a crisp smooth surface similar to that of paper <
paper taffeta

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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