Origin of wrapper

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at wrap, -er1
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Related Words for wrapper

casing, envelope, wrap, folder, cover, capsule

Examples from the Web for wrapper

Historical Examples of wrapper

  • In her wrapper she ran out into the hallway and found him descending the stairs.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Need I suggest what was the need—the urgent need—for suppressing that wrapper?

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • She has on only her nightgown and a wrapper over it; her bare feet are thrust into slippers.

    The First and The Last

    John Galsworthy

  • I grasped my knapsack and my wrapper, and stole furtively away.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • There was the wrapper, the bottle, and the white powder inside, some sort of powder!

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for wrapper



the cover, usually of paper or cellophane, in which something is wrapped
a dust jacket of a book
the ripe firm tobacco leaf forming the outermost portion of a cigar and wound around its body
a loose negligee or dressing gown, esp in the 19th century
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Word Origin and History for wrapper

mid-15c., agent noun from wrap (v.).

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