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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And there's no other shop for books and stationery at Seacove.'

    The Rectory Children Mrs Molesworth
  • It was a stationery and tobacco store, and I was right at his heels when he entered.

    The Crevice William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • Long it had lain among her stationery, the last of a kind she had formerly used.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • He saw that the stationery cabinet had been disturbed and laughed.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • As the two youngest Kenway girls came out of the stationery and book store, Miss Pepperill was entering.

British Dictionary definitions for stationery


any writing materials, such as paper, envelopes, pens, ink, rulers, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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