Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Avoid these words. Seriously.

stationery

[stey-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈsteɪ ʃəˌnɛr i/
noun
1.
writing paper.
2.
writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes.
Origin of stationery
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; stationer + -y3
Can be confused
stationary, stationery.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for stationery
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • 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

stationery

/ˈsteɪʃənərɪ/
noun
1.
any writing materials, such as paper, envelopes, pens, ink, rulers, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for stationery
n.

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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for stationery

Word Value for stationery

13
13
Scrabble Words With Friends