writing paper.
writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, and envelopes.

Origin of stationery

First recorded in 1670–80; stationer + -y3
Can be confusedstationary stationery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stationery

Contemporary Examples of stationery

Historical Examples of stationery

  • It was a stationery and tobacco store, and I was right at his heels when he entered.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander

  • A square envelope, belonging, in fact, to the ship's stationery.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • There was no stationery in the desk, but Mary had a pocket diary in her chatelaine bag.

    A Woman for Mayor

    Helen M. Winslow

  • And he did it in three weeks, after beginning as a clerk in the stationery.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • He saw that the stationery cabinet had been disturbed and laughed.

British Dictionary definitions for stationery



any writing materials, such as paper, envelopes, pens, ink, rulers, etc


Avoid confusion with stationary
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Word Origin and History for stationery

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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