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[stey-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈsteɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/
writing paper.
writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes.
Origin of stationery
First recorded in 1670-80; stationer + -y3
Can be confused
stationary, stationery. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • A square envelope, belonging, in fact, to the ship's stationery.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • There was no stationery in the desk, but Mary had a pocket diary in her chatelaine bag.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • And he did it in three weeks, after beginning as a clerk in the stationery.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He saw that the stationery cabinet had been disturbed and laughed.

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
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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