verb (used with object), paged, pag·ing.

to turn pages (usually followed by through): to page through a book looking for a specific passage.


    on the same page, Informal. (of two or more people) having a similar understanding or way of thinking: Parents should be on the same page about raising their children.

Origin of page

1580–90; < Middle French < Latin pāgina column of writing, akin to pangere to fix, make fast




a boy servant or attendant.
a youth in attendance on a person of rank or, in medieval times, a youth being trained for knighthood.
an attendant or employee, usually in uniform, who carries messages, ushers guests, runs errands, etc.
a person employed by a legislature to carry messages and run errands for the members, as in the U.S. Congress.

verb (used with object), paged, pag·ing.

to summon formally by calling out the name of repeatedly: He had his father paged in the hotel lobby.
to summon or alert by electronic pager.
to control (an electrical appliance, machine, etc.) remotely by means of an electronic signal.
to attend as a page.

Origin of page

1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Old French < ?




Thomas Nelson,1853–1922, U.S. novelist and diplomat.
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Examples from the Web for page

Contemporary Examples of page

Historical Examples of page

  • But don't suppose, Madam, Page 184that anything I say has reference to you.

    Jack Sheppard

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • Seeing that they looked at the book, I turned the page quickly to hide the note.

  • Page 159: "beleagured" changed to "beleaguered" (had been beleaguered in Metz).

    The Franco-German War of 1870-71

    Count Helmuth, von Moltke

  • Eustace was apparently engrossed in his book, but not a word did he see on the page he stared at so intently.

    Queensland Cousins

    Eleanor Luisa Haverfield

  • Find how many words to the page you write on the paper you would use for a written argument.

British Dictionary definitions for page




plural pp one side of one of the leaves of a book, newspaper, letter, etc or the written or printed matter it bearsAbbreviation: p
such a leaf considered as a unitinsert a new page
a screenful of information from a website, teletext service, etc, displayed on a television monitor or visual display unit
an episode, phase, or perioda glorious page in the revolution
printing the type as set up for printing a page


another word for paginate
(intr foll by through) to look through (a book, report, etc); leaf through

Word Origin for page

C15: via Old French from Latin pāgina




a boy employed to run errands, carry messages, etc, for the guests in a hotel, club, etc
a youth in attendance at official functions or ceremonies, esp weddings
medieval history
  1. a boy in training for knighthood in personal attendance on a knight
  2. a youth in the personal service of a person of rank, esp in a royal householdpage of the chamber
(in the US) an attendant at Congress or other legislative body
Canadian a person employed in the debating chamber of the House of Commons, the Senate, or a legislative assembly to carry messages for members

verb (tr)

to call out the name of (a person), esp by a loudspeaker system, so as to give him a message
to call (a person) by an electronic device, such as a pager
to act as a page to or attend as a page

Word Origin for page

C13: via Old French from Italian paggio, probably from Greek paidion boy, from pais child



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Sir Frederick Handley. 1885–1962, English pioneer in the design and manufacture of aircraft
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Word Origin and History for page

"sheet of paper," 1580s, from Middle French page, from Old French pagene "page, text" (12c.), from Latin pagina "page, leaf of paper, strip of papyrus fastened to others," related to pagella "small page," from pangere "to fasten," from PIE root *pag- "to fix" (see pact).

Earlier pagne (12c.), directly from Old French. Usually said to be from the notion of individual sheets of paper "fastened" into a book. Ayto and Watkins offer an alternative theory: vines fastened by stakes and formed into a trellis, which led to sense of "columns of writing on a scroll." When books replaced scrolls, the word continued to be used. Related: Paginal. Page-turner "book that one can't put down" is from 1974.


"youth, lad, boy of the lower orders," c.1300, originally also "youth preparing to be a knight," from Old French page "a youth, page, servant" (13c.), possibly via Italian paggio (Barnhart), from Medieval Latin pagius "servant," perhaps ultimately from Greek paidion "boy, lad," diminutive of pais (genitive paidos) "child."

But OED considers this unlikely and points instead to Littré's suggestion of a source in Latin pagus "countryside," in sense of "boy from the rural regions" (see pagan). Meaning "youth employed as a personal attendant to a person of rank" is first recorded mid-15c.; this was transferred from late 18c. to boys who did personal errands in hotels, clubs, etc., also in U.S. legislatures.


"to summon or call by name," 1904, from page (n.2), on the notion of "to send a page after" someone. Related: Paged; paging.


"to turn pages," 1620s, from page (n.1). Related: Paged; paging.

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