a brand name for a soft, disposable paper tissue, used especially as a handkerchief.

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  • He wiped his face and blew his nose and squeezed the kleenex tight in his hand.


    Cory Doctorow

  • I bought some Kleenex and came back, and everybody was out on the steps to look, but I didn't stop.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Then he mopped his face with a wad of Kleenex and went over to the room-temperature thermostat, turning it down to sixty.

    Murder in the Gunroom

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for kleenex


noun plural -ex or -exes

trademark a kind of soft paper tissue, used esp as a handkerchief
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Word Origin and History for kleenex



1925, proprietary name, registered by Cellucotton Products Company, Neenah, Wisconsin, U.S.; later Kimberly-Clark Corp. An arbitrary alteration of clean + brand-name suffix -ex.

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