from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Paper for writing letters on; specifically, paper of an intermediate size between note-paper and foolscap, usually quarto, as distinguished from the octavo form of note-paper.


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  • A generation later this same poem was quoted as part of an extended lament about the impact of picture postcards: "A few lines of greeting upon them is far easier than to do a descriptive letter, and so the letter-paper makers suffer and the art of letter-writing keeps on declining."

    Jared Gardner: It Was the Most Literate of Times, It Was the Most Illiterate of Times

  • Then Queen Budur perfumed the letter-paper with a profusion of odoriferous musk and, winding it in her hairstrings which were of

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • After reading the instructions, she thought it wise to copy the lines intended for Lucien on a sheet of letter-paper; then she went down to Madame Nourrisson, to whom she talked while a little shop-girl went to fetch a cab from the Boulevard des Italiens.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • I found it, on after - measurement, just the width of an ordinary sheet of Bath post letter-paper; and I was at first in some uncertainty as to the best means of getting into it.

    American Notes for General Circulation

  • She had six darling friends at school, and every courier from Kalbsbraten carried off whole reams of her letter-paper.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

  • It consisted of several sheets of letter-paper, closely covered with a large, irregular writing, almost without an erasure.

    The Jew and other stories

  • It was late in the evening before he got out his small stock of best letter-paper, and sat down to work at his letter.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • It covered four sides of letter-paper, and was such a letter that any man who wrote it must have felt himself to be a rascal.

    The Small House at Allington

  • These verses (which were written in a fine, round hand on thin letter-paper) pleased me with the touching sentiment with which they seemed to be inspired.


  • He pierced with his sombre detachment the plate-glass of ironmongers and saddlers, while Strether flaunted an affinity with the dealers in stamped letter-paper and in smart neckties.

    The Ambassadors


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