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foolscap

[ foolz-kap ]
/ ˈfulzˌkæp /
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noun
a type of inexpensive writing paper, especially legal-size, lined, yellow sheets, bound in tablet form.
Chiefly British. a size of drawing or printing paper, 13.5 × 17 inches (34 × 43 centimeters). Abbreviations: cap., fcp.
Also called foolscap octavo. a size of book, about 4.25 × 6.75 inches (11 × 17 centimeters), untrimmed.
Also called foolscap quarto. Chiefly British. a size of book, about 6.75 × 8.5 inches (17 × 22 centimeters) untrimmed.
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Origin of foolscap

First recorded in 1690–1700; so called from the watermark of a fool's cap formerly used on such paper

Other definitions for foolscap (2 of 2)

fool's cap

noun
a traditional jester's cap or hood, often multicolored and usually having several drooping peaks from which bells are hung.

Origin of fool's cap

First recorded in 1625–35
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British Dictionary definitions for foolscap (1 of 2)

foolscap
/ (ˈfuːlzˌkæp) /

noun
mainly British a size of writing or printing paper, 13 1/2 by 17 inches or 13 1/4 by 16 1/2 inches
a book size, 4 1/4 by 6 3/4 inches (foolscap octavo) or (chiefly Brit) 6 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches (foolscap quarto)
a variant spelling of fool's cap

Word Origin for foolscap

C17: see fool 1, cap; so called from the watermark formerly used on this kind of paper

British Dictionary definitions for foolscap (2 of 2)

fool's cap

noun
a hood or cap with bells or tassels, worn by court jesters
a dunce's cap
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