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stationery

If your grandmother gives you a set of stationery as a birthday present, it might be a subtle hint to write her a thank you note. Stationery is a set of writing paper that comes with envelopes.

Stationery refers to fancy paper you might use for a long-overdue thank you note, an old fashioned cover letter and resume, or even a love letter to a far away friend. Stationery is a tricky word that’s only one letter away from stationary, which means “remaining in one place.” But stationery (with an e) is what you’ll write your grandmother’s thank you note on. Won’t you?

Definitions of stationery
  1. noun
    paper cut to an appropriate size for writing letters; usually with matching envelopes
    synonyms: letter paper
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    types:
    letterhead
    a sheet of stationery with name and address of the organization printed at the top
    type of:
    writing paper
    paper material made into thin sheets that are sized to take ink; used for writing correspondence and manuscripts
Commonly confused words

stationary / stationery

Make sure you’re stationary, or still, while you jot down a love letter on your fancy stationery, so the writing isn’t all squiggly.

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