- a very thin, almost transparent paper used for wrapping delicate articles, covering illustrations in books, copying letters, etc.
Origin of tissue paper
First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for tissue paper
Anybody could take a tissue-paper boat to Itasca after 1872.
There was a suspicious crackling of tissue-paper in his pocket.Highacres
A little girl named Sadie wondered if tissue-paper was fair.Emmy Lou
George Madden Martin
A perfume which he recognized arose from it as she lifted a fold of tissue-paper.Shapes that Haunt the Dusk
Tearing away the tissue-paper, she gazed with delight at the coveted stockings.Southern Stories
- very thin soft delicate paper used to wrap breakable goods, as decoration, etc
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