stationery

stationary, stationery
Stationary is an adjective and means ‘not moving’ whereas stationery is a noun and denotes paper and writing materials. Both words are derived from the Latin word stare ‘to stand’. The relevance of this to stationary is obvious, and the connection with stationery (and stationer, a supplier of stationery) is through the medieval Latin word stationarius which meant ‘a bookseller’, who was a fixed (as distinct from itinerant) shopkeeper.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • stationery — sta‧tion‧e‧ry [ˈsteɪʆənri ǁ neri] noun [uncountable] OFFICE materials that you use for writing, such as paper, pens, and pencils: • a maker of stationery and school supplies • a stationery store * * * stationery UK US /ˈsteɪʃənəri/ noun [U]… …   Financial and business terms

  • stationery — (n.) 1727, from stationery wares (c.1680) articles sold by a stationer, from STATIONER (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Stationery — Sta tion*er*y ( [e^]r*[y^]), n. The articles usually sold by stationers, as paper, pens, ink, quills, blank books, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stationery — Sta tion*er*y, a. Belonging to, or sold by, a stationer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stationery — [n] writing materials envelopes, letterhead, office supplies, pen and paper, writing paper; concepts 260,475 …   New thesaurus

  • stationery — ► NOUN ▪ paper and other materials needed for writing …   English terms dictionary

  • stationery — [stā′shə ner΄ē] n. [see STATIONER & ERY] writing materials; specif., paper and envelopes used for letters …   English World dictionary

  • Stationery — Not to be confused with Stationary. Inside of a stationery shop in Hà Nội …   Wikipedia

  • stationery — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ business, company, hotel, office, wedding (esp. BrE) ▪ handmade (BrE), quality ▪ handmade wedding stationery …   Collocations dictionary

  • stationery — n. writing materials etc. sold by a stationer. Phrases and idioms: Stationery Office (in the UK) the Government s publishing house which also provides stationery for Government offices …   Useful english dictionary

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