from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being a sheet of paper that measures approximately 8 1/2 by 14 inches.
  • adj. Designed to hold such sheets of paper: a legal-size envelope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, applicable to, or being paper in sheets 8½ in × 14 in (215.9 mm × 355.6 mm).


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  • Ask for his blueprint for Detroit, and Mr. Rapson points to a dizzying, hand-drawn diagram on legal-size paper that he keeps behind his desk.

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  • And because my lined, yellow, legal-size pages of notes—the color now faded and the staple that holds them together rusted and disintegrating—fairly dance, through no effort of my own, with his prickly personality and fine mind.

    Back to the Future

  • It was a legal-size one, bearing an official county seal.

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  • She pulled the legal-size piece of paper out of her leather briefcase and stared at it.

    A Good Man is Hard to Find

  • “You can take the contract home and review it,” he said, sliding a legal-size piece of paper toward her.

    A Good Man is Hard to Find

  • The pamphlet consists of text Gestetnered on staple-bound legal-size sheets, folded along the width to create a pamphlet.

    Manhood in the Age of Aquarius: Masculinity in Two Countercultural Communities, 1965–83

  • Instead, it is split in legal-size chunks between national and state political parties that then spend it on behalf of the presidential candidates.

    Mega-Bundlers Up Financing Ante

  • This bag can hold legal-size notebooks, your Discman and a spare set of clothes, while safely stowing all your smaller items in multiple pockets.

    Tip Sheet

  • Baker stuck out his hand and Wright gave him a legal-size manila envelope.

    Act of Treason

  • He laid his briefcase in his lap, opened it, and removed a yellow legal-size notepad.

    The Election


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