Dictionary.com Word FAQs
What is the difference between stationary and stationery?
Stationary means 'fixed in one place and not moving' while stationery means 'the paper and envelopes used for writing correspondence'. You can use the a in stationary to remember it is the adjective. Stationery is a noun. Another mnemonic to help you is: let the ar near the end of stationary remind you of 'at rest' and the e near the end of stationery stand for 'envelope'. Examples are: He likes to ride the stationary bicycle for exercise. / She bought stationery and ink pens for writing thank-you notes.