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Sellotape Line breaks: Sel¦lo|tape
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlə(ʊ)teɪp/

Definition of Sellotape in English:


[mass noun] trademark
Transparent adhesive tape.
Example sentences
  • My shoes were hurting my feet so much that I resorted to sticking Sellotape to the places where my shoes were rubbing me and even so I was half limping most of the way home.
  • They used Sellotape on the dismembered flowers and Mum, God bless her, never noticed.
  • In the past week a notice headed ‘consultation’ was put up by City of York Council on the gate leading into Walmgate Stray off Heslington Road - it had been attached to a gatepost with Sellotape.


(sellotape) [with object and adverbial] Back to top  
Fasten or stick with transparent adhesive tape: there was a note sellotaped to my door
More example sentences
  • Terri stared at a weeks-old hand-written order for some obscure deleted LP, which was Sellotaped hopefully to the side of the till.
  • First, we blocked up all the holes in the kitchen with scrunched up pages from the Daily Mirror (I always knew it had to be useful for something) and Sellotaped all the cupboards shut.
  • The flashing little LED was a Gilswick Electronics original, which he'd Tippexed out, and Sellotaped over a half dozen times.


1940s: from an alteration of cellulose + tape.

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