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wallpaper

[wawl-pey-per] /ˈwɔlˌpeɪ pər/
noun
1.
paper, usually with printed decorative patterns in color, for pasting on and covering the walls or ceilings of rooms, hallways, etc.
2.
any fabric, foil, vinyl material, etc., used as a wall or ceiling covering.
3.
Computers. a design or picture in the background of the primary display screen of a graphical user interface:
Personalize your tablet by changing the wallpaper.
verb (used with object)
4.
to put wallpaper on (a wall, ceiling, etc.) or to furnish (a room, house, etc.) with wallpaper.
Origin of wallpaper
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; wall + paper
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  • It never does to have it all perfect––to the last detail of the wallpaper designs.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • In the absence of art patrons, wallpaper was his only excuse for continuing as an artist.

    John Baptist Jackson Jacob Kainen
  • The Essay continued with a criticism of the current taste in wallpaper.

    John Baptist Jackson Jacob Kainen
  • A break in the wallpaper showed that there was a small door here.

  • Have you ever admired the pretty patterns on wallpaper of flowers and green leaves?

British Dictionary definitions for wallpaper

wallpaper

/ˈwɔːlˌpeɪpə/
noun
1.
paper usually printed or embossed with designs for pasting onto walls and ceilings
2.
  1. something pleasant but bland which serves as an unobtrusive background
  2. (as modifier): wallpaper music
3.
(computing) a graphics file that can be displayed in certain applications behind or around the main dialogue boxes, working display areas, etc, for decoration
verb
4.
to cover (a surface) with wallpaper
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Word Origin and History for wallpaper
n.

1827, from wall (n.) + paper (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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