papers Definition

  • 1thin sheets of material made from wood pulp or other fibres, used for writing, drawing, or printing on
  • 2a document that proves ownership, qualifications, or identity
  • 3newspapers or other publications

Using papers: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "papers" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to organize my papers before the meeting.

  • Example

    He showed me his immigration papers.

  • Example

    The company issued a statement in the papers today.

  • Example

    She writes for the local paper.

  • Example

    I read about it in yesterday's paper.

papers Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for papers

  • journals
  • documents
  • certificates
  • credentials
  • publications

Phrases with papers

  • in theory rather than in reality


    On paper, the plan looks good, but we'll have to see how it works in practice.

  • to start writing something


    I've been meaning to write a novel for years, but I just can't seem to put pen to paper.

  • to hide problems or disagreements without dealing with them properly


    They tried to paper over the cracks in their relationship, but eventually they had to face the truth and break up.


Summary: papers in Brief

The term 'papers' [ˈpeɪpərz] refers to thin sheets of material used for writing, documents that prove ownership or identity, and newspapers or other publications. It is used in phrases like 'on paper,' indicating a theoretical rather than practical situation, and 'put pen to paper,' meaning to start writing something. 'Paper over the cracks' means to hide problems without solving them.