[ stey-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈsteɪ ʃəˌnɛr i /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for stationery


/ (ˈsteɪʃənərɪ) /


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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