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[stey-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈsteɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/
writing paper.
writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes.
Origin of stationery
1670-80; stationer + -y3
Can be confused
stationary, stationery. Unabridged
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  • Those who continue to publish would be given a small office, a computer, and letterhead stationery.
  • So, let's make some progress in stopping food poisoning and then later pick out the new stationery.
  • Your immediate neighbor is in the stationery business, and he feels gloomy about his prospects, less so about yours.
  • There's a note on the dresser, scrawled on hotel stationery with a dried-up hotel ball-point.
  • His father, trained as a bookbinder, ran a store selling stationery and notions.
  • Dan, the letterhead of your stationery carries the motto of your university: pax et lux.
  • For a flagging stationery industry, calling cards--essentially nonbusiness business cards--have brought a welcome dose of energy.
  • She sometimes puts lined paper beneath her stationery to keep her lines even.
  • There is also a gift shop on site where you can pick up souvenirs such as postcards and stationery.
  • Please do not use stationery with a decorative background, as it makes the type difficult to read.
British Dictionary definitions for stationery


any writing materials, such as paper, envelopes, pens, ink, rulers, etc
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Word Origin and History for stationery

1727, from stationery wares (c.1680) "articles sold by a stationer," from stationer "seller of books and paper" (q.v.). Roving peddlers were more common in the Middle Ages; sellers with a fixed location were often bookshops licensed by universities. The Company of Stationers, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, was founded 1556.

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