Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “paper”

See all translations

paper

noun uk   /ˈpeɪ.pər/ us    /-pɚ/

paper noun (MATERIAL)

A1 [U] thin, flat material made from crushed wood or cloth, used for writing, printing, or drawing on: a piece/sheet of paper a pack of writing paper Dictionaries are usually printed on thin paper. a paper bag This card is printed on recycled paper (= paper made from used paper). Get the idea down on paper (= write it) before you forget it. She works on paper (= writes things on paper) because she hates computers.
More examples

paper noun (DOCUMENT)

B1 [C] a newspaper: a daily/weekly/local/national paper The photo was on the front page of all the papers.papers [plural] official documents, especially ones that show who you are: The border guards stopped me and asked to see my papers.A2 [C] UK a set of printed questions in an exam: Candidates must answer two questions from each paper. The geography paper is not till next week.C2 [C] a piece of writing on a particular subject written by an expert and usually published in a book or journal, or read aloud to other people: He's giving a paper on thermodynamics at a conference at Manchester University.B1 [C] US ( UK essay) a short piece of writing on a particular subject, especially one done by students as part of the work for a course: Mr Jones thought my history paper was terrific. For homework I want you to write a paper on endangered species.

paper

verb [T] uk   /ˈpeɪ.pər/ us    /-pɚ/
to cover a wall, room, etc. with wallpaper
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of paper from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of paper?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “paper” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

advent calendar

a decorative piece of card, often hung on the wall, that has a small opening with a door for each of the days of the month before Christmas. Children open one of these doors each day, finding a picture under it.

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More