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stationery

[stey-shuh-ner-ee]
noun
  1. writing paper.
  2. writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes.
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Origin of stationery

First recorded in 1670–80; stationer + -y3
Can be confusedstationary stationery
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British Dictionary definitions for stationeries

stationery

noun
  1. any writing materials, such as paper, envelopes, pens, ink, rulers, etc
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confusable

Avoid confusion with stationary
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Word Origin and History for stationeries

stationery

n.

1727, from stationery wares (c.1680) "articles sold by a stationer," from stationer "seller of books and paper" (q.v.). Roving peddlers were more common in the Middle Ages; sellers with a fixed location were often bookshops licensed by universities. The Company of Stationers, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, was founded 1556.

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