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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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  • The address of a professional secretary can always be furnished by the stationer.
  • He bought a sketchbook from a stationer's near the bus terminal, a place that sold blank books of all descriptions.
  • At a stationer's, he bought a pen with a gold nib and a bottle of ink and a few sheets of writing paper.
  • Most large towns possessed some combination of printer, stationer, and bookbinder.
  • The west wing will probably contain a model and exhibit center, and possibly, a small stationer's-newspaper stand.
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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