- a thin, flexible material made usually in sheets from a pulp prepared from rags, wood, or other fibrous material, and used for writing or printing on, for packaging, as structural material, as a fabric substitute, etc.
- a single piece or sheet of paper
- a printed or written sheet; specif.,
- an official document
- an essay, monograph, or dissertation, as read before a learned society, published in a scholarly journal, etc.
- a written examination, report, theme, etc.
- commercial paper
- paper money
- a small wrapper or card of paper, usually including its contents: a paper of pins
- any material like paper, as papyrus
- documents identifying a person; credentials
- a collection of documents, letters, writings, etc., esp. of one person: the Lincoln papers
- a free pass or passes to a theater, etc.
- the people admitted by free passes
Origin of paperMiddle English papir from Old French papier from Classical Latin papyrus from Classical Greek papyros, papyrus
- of paper; made of paper
- like paper; thin
- existing only in written or printed form; theoretical; not real: paper profits
- to cover or line with paper; specif., to cover or decorate with wallpaper
- to wrap or enclose in paper
- Slang to help to fill (a theater, etc.) by issuing free passes
- Archaic to describe in writing
- in written or printed form
- in theory