Foolscap meaning

fo͝olzkăp
(chiefly british) A sheet of writing or printing paper measuring about 13 by 16 inches.
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A fool's cap.
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Any of various sizes of writing paper; esp., in the U.S., a size measuring 13 by 16 inches.
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Alternative form of fool's cap.
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(strictly) Writing paper sheets measuring 13.25 x 16.5 inches.
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(more usually) Such a sheet folded or cut in half, thus approximately 8 x 13.25 inches.
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Printing paper measuring 13.5 inches x 17 inches.
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Origin of foolscap

  • From the watermark of a fool's cap with bells originally used for this paper

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from a watermark of a fool's cap.

    From Wiktionary