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

  • n. A thin, strong, translucent paper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin, strong, light, translucent paper; used especially for making carbon copies

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of thin but strong translucent paper with a glossy finish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of paper: so called from its thinness, translucency, and finish, in which respects it resembles the skin of an onion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thin strong lightweight translucent paper used especially for making carbon copies


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  • He was talking about OneSwarm, a new P2P network with built-in onionskin routing.

    OneSwarm: here’s V 0.6. RIAA: DAMN!

  • Zl's golden coma had three "onionskin" hoods, the enormous curved dust tail was silver, and the rippling ion tail shone blue with red wisps.

    Perseus Spur

  • Great writerly in-jokes, (onionskin paper, for one), and a hearty fuck-you to those who dare to carp about what they can never grasp, it supersedes genre toys to achieve world-class architecture even while maintaining the clearest voice I've seen since Hemingway, Vonnegut, or Harper Lee.

    "Grow till tall. They all, in the end, will fall."

  • Many decades later, his son, now president, would hold the yellowing case file in his hand, inspect its fading purple ink, its crumbling onionskin pages with their misspelled denunciations, and remember that spring night.

    The Return

  • It is an assemblage of indefinite thickness made from planes superimposed one atop the other or from a network of cracks on thin layers of foggy glass that converge on a central point and run away again or from a collection of superimposed spiders' webs or from juxtaposed onionskin maps of the infrastructures of cities.

    A Story

  • But it would be hard to top his discovery, years ago, while inventorying a newly acquired collection of Joyce papers, of some onionskin leaves that Mr. Staley "realized were the famous lost link, the missing draft with Joyce's corrections in his own hand to the opening of 'Finnegans Wake' — an item more valuable than the price we had paid for the entire collection."

    A Magnum Opus for Ransom

  • That their skin seemed to be almost translucent, like “onionskin.”

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  • Her sisters, both nuns, take turns writing to Aura in their florid convent penmanship, ungrammatical sentences that look like inky balustrades across the onionskin sheets.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • Claws tore through her thick woolen cloak as if it were flimsy as onionskin.


  • Watching the determined Julia slip a piece of carbon paper (carbon paper!) between two sheets of onionskin and roll them into her typewriter for the first time is quietly thrilling — like being there at the creation.

    Comfort Foodies


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