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[rap-er] /ˈræp ər/
a person or thing that wraps.
a covering or cover.
a long, loose outer garment.
a loose bathrobe; negligee.
British. book jacket.
the tobacco leaf used for covering a cigar.
Armor. a supplementary beaver reinforcing the chin and mouth area of an armet of the 15th century.
Origin of wrapper
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at wrap, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Over her wrapper clung the old shawl whose snowy web was sown with broidery of linnæa-bells, green vine and rosy blossom.

  • She threw off her dress, put on a wrapper, and went up to him.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The senior opened the wrapper, and to his surprise and sorrow found it contained two of the marked coins.

    Try Again Oliver Optic
  • She slipped on her wrapper and went into the kitchen to start the fire.

    Madge Morton's Victory Amy D.V. Chalmers
  • In the morning he also, on the plea of a headache, put a wrapper on to cover his branded forehead.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • This wrapper was far more in accord with the true spirit of Punch.

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • Mark rose and opened the door to Trixie, in a loose morning wrapper.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • In her wrapper she ran out into the hallway and found him descending the stairs.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • This sheet must be blank, and is merely a wrapper, to preclude the tabellarians of the post from peeping.

  • Need I suggest what was the need—the urgent need—for suppressing that wrapper?

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for wrapper


the cover, usually of paper or cellophane, in which something is wrapped
a dust jacket of a book
the ripe firm tobacco leaf forming the outermost portion of a cigar and wound around its body
a loose negligee or dressing gown, esp in the 19th century
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wrapper

mid-15c., agent noun from wrap (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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plain wrapper

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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