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noun
a flat wire or plastic clip shaped so that it can hold sheets of paper between two of its loops.
a spring clamp for holding papers.
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Origin of paper clip

First recorded in 1870–75

Other definitions for paper clip (2 of 2)

paper-clip
[ pey-per-klip ]
/ ˈpeɪ pərˈklɪp /

verb (used with object), pa·per-clipped, pa·per-clip·ping.
to fasten together with one or more paper clips: Paper-clip these letters and file them.

Origin of paper-clip

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for paper clip

paperclip
/ (ˈpeɪpəˌklɪp) /

noun
a clip for holding sheets of paper together, esp one made of bent wire
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