Share this entry

Share this page

cellophane

Line breaks: cel¦lo|phane
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛləfeɪn
 
/

Definition of cellophane in English:

noun

[mass noun] trademark
A thin transparent wrapping material made from viscose: [as modifier]: a cellophane bag
More example sentences
  • Plastic bags can be a suffocation danger for babies and small children and wrapping paper and cellophane are easy to slip on.
  • They had lots of white silk shirts packaged in cellophane.
  • In between, pinned to the wall, was a silk scarf wrapped in cellophane.

Origin

early 20th century: from cellulose + -phane, from diaphane, a kind of semi-transparent woven silk (from medieval Latin diaphanus 'diaphanous').

Definition of cellophane in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words