paper Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “paper” in the English Dictionary

"paper" in British English

See all translations

papernoun

uk   /ˈpeɪ.pər/ us   /ˈpeɪ.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 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore 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 for 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 will give a paper on thermodynamics at a conference in Berlin.
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.

paperverb [T]

uk   /ˈpeɪ.pər/ us   /ˈpeɪ.pɚ/
(Definition of paper from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"paper" in American English

See all translations

papernoun [C/U]

us   /ˈpeɪ·pər/
a thin, flat material made from crushed wood or cloth used esp. for writing and printing on and in packaging: [U] a piece/sheet of paper [U] a paper bag/towel [U] paper cups/napkins/plates Let's put some of your good ideas down on paper (= write them down)
A paper is also a newspaper: [C] I read it in the paper.
A paper is also a piece of writing by a student for a course: [C] One of the course requirements is a 20-page paper.
Idioms

paperverb [T]

us   /ˈpeɪ·pər/
to put wallpaper (= decorative paper) on a surface, esp. a wall: We plan to paper the dining room.
(Definition of paper from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"paper" in Business English

See all translations

papernoun

uk   /ˈpeɪpər/ us  
[U] thin, flat material used for writing, printing, or drawing on: There was a huge stack of papers on her desk.a sheet/piece of paper Someone had printed the memo on yellow sheets of paper and posted it around the office. The paper industry recovery of the last year shows little sign of slowing down.
[C] a newspaper, or the company that owns and operates a newspaper: Murdoch has made an offer to buy the paper.in the papers There was nothing about the trial in the papers this morning. an article in Hong Kong's leading financial paper a daily/weekly paper a local/national paper
[U] also financial paper FINANCE assets in the form of bonds, shares, etc., as opposed to cash: The rise in share prices encourages bidders to issue their own paper. The system failed because people realized that the securitized financial paper was not worth the top rating it had received.
papers
[plural] official documents that show who you are: The company was fined for hiring over a hundred immigrants without papers.
LAW, GOVERNMENT an official government or legal document: Lawyers argued in papers submitted last month that lower courts were wrong to dismiss the lawsuit. The committee issued a paper stating that further information and analysis was required.
[C] a piece of writing on a particular subject, written by an expert and usually published in a book or journal: The paper recommends a series of steps for dealing with the problem.
on paper
written or printed on paper: The engineers worked out their ideas on paper.
used to say that although an idea seems good when you think of it, it may not be so good when you try to use it: It's a good plan on paper, but will it really work?
(Definition of paper from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of paper?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“paper” in British English

“paper” in American English

“paper” in Business English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

ray

a narrow beam of light, heat, etc. travelling in a straight line from its place of origin

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More