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[nooz-pey-per, nyooz-, noos-, nyoos-] /ˈnuzˌpeɪ pər, ˈnyuz-, ˈnus-, ˈnyus-/
a publication issued at regular and usually close intervals, especially daily or weekly, and commonly containing news, comment, features, and advertising.
a business organization publishing such a publication.
a single issue or copy of such a publication.
Origin of newspaper
First recorded in 1660-70; news + paper
Related forms
newspaperdom, noun
newspaperish, adjective Unabridged
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  • The next day's newspaper brought tidings of what had happened.

  • In one hand she carried a large bundle, in a newspaper wrapping.

  • He sat down and picked up the newspaper, and the print was clear.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The daily newspaper lay by the stove, with the corner torn accusingly.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Does a newspaper, even the ubiquitous Petit Journal, penetrate into these solitudes?

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for newspaper


  1. a weekly or daily publication consisting of folded sheets and containing articles on the news, features, reviews, and advertisements Often shortened to paper
  2. (as modifier): a newspaper article
a less common name for newsprint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for newspaper

1660s, though the thing itself is older (see gazette); from news (n.) + paper (n.).

[T]he newspaper that drops on your doorstep is a partial, hasty, incomplete, inevitably somewhat flawed and inaccurate rendering of some of the things we have heard about in the past twenty-four hours -- distorted, despite our best efforts to eliminate gross bias, by the very process of compression that makes it possible for you to lift it from the doorstep and read it in about an hour. If we labeled the product accurately, then we could immediately add: But it's the best we could do under the circumstances, and we will be back tomorrow with a corrected and updated version. [David Broder, Pulitzer Prize acceptance speech, 1973]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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