a person who sells the materials used in writing, as paper, pens, pencils, and ink.
  1. a bookseller.
  2. a publisher.

Origin of stationer

1350–1400; Middle English stacio(u)ner < Medieval Latin statiōnārius, noun use of the adj.: stationary, i.e., pertaining to dealers with permanent shops as distinguished from itinerant vendors Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stationer

Historical Examples of stationer

  • The envelope and the wax he had procured at a stationer's near the South Station.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • At last we passed a stationer's, and it occurred to me that I might as well buy some paper.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Indeed it is this very custom that gave rise to the term 'stationer.'

  • After a second or two she gave the number of a stationer's shop in the Avenue Mosart—.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • He went at random into a stationer's shop; the shopman sang bass in his choir.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for stationer



a person who sells stationery or a shop where stationery is sold
obsolete a publisher or bookseller

Word Origin for stationer

C14: from Medieval Latin stationarius a person having a regular station, hence a shopkeeper (esp a bookseller) as distinguished from an itinerant tradesman; see station
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stationer

"bookdealer, seller of books and paper," early 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from Medieval Latin stationarius "stationary seller," from Latin stationem (nominative statio) "station" (see station).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper