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[stey-shuh-ner] /ˈsteɪ ʃə nər/
a person who sells the materials used in writing, as paper, pens, pencils, and ink.
  1. a bookseller.
  2. a publisher.
Origin of stationer
1350-1400; Middle English stacio(u)ner < Medieval Latin statiōnārius, noun use of the adj.: stationary, i.e., pertaining to dealers with permanent shops as distinguished from itinerant vendors Unabridged
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  • It was a bookseller's and stationer's shop; the only one worthy of the name at Seacove.

    The Rectory Children Mrs Molesworth
  • The envelope and the wax he had procured at a stationer's near the South Station.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Both Mr. Denham and himself as well as the stationer knew that Riddlesden was a knave.

  • At last we passed a stationer's, and it occurred to me that I might as well buy some paper.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • My wife's brother, Mr. Christopher Plaskwith, is a bookseller and stationer with pretty practice, in R——.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Indeed it is this very custom that gave rise to the term 'stationer.'

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • The servant shall take it to the stationer's to be put into the Times.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • After a second or two she gave the number of a stationer's shop in the Avenue Mosart—.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • We reached Blandford Street, and after a little looking about he paused before a stationer's shop, and then went in.

  • Tryphon the stationer complains they are seldom asked for in his shop.

British Dictionary definitions for stationer


a person who sells stationery or a shop where stationery is sold
(obsolete) a publisher or bookseller
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin stationarius a person having a regular station, hence a shopkeeper (esp a bookseller) as distinguished from an itinerant tradesman; see station
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Word Origin and History for stationer

"bookdealer, seller of books and paper," early 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from Medieval Latin stationarius "stationary seller," from Latin stationem (nominative statio) "station" (see station).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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