Definition of wallpaper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːlpeɪpə/


[mass noun]
1Paper that is pasted in vertical strips over the walls of a room to provide a decorative surface: a roll of wallpaper [count noun]: an exclusive range of fabrics and wallpapers
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  • As finances permitted, in the living room and one bedroom the dark and tattered wallpapers were stripped and a decorator skilled at papering scrim walls put up new wallpaper.
  • An expert will visit your home and plan a scheme based on the dimensions of the hallway and position of the living room, and any wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings you have planned.
  • The wallpaper at Winterthur shares landscape and architectural element as well as figures with the Beauport paper and other painted wallpapers imported from China in the eighteenth century.
1.1Something, especially music, that provides a bland or unvaried background: soothing sonic wallpaper
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  • The previous night he bought #150 worth of CDs at Tower which he justified on the basis that he needs background music as wallpaper to his painting.
  • Closer inspection reveals, however, that this is simply tepid wallpaper music that's been dressed up with a few modern beats.
  • It's far from wallpaper music, however, and for a first LP is accomplished and highly listenable.
1.2An optional background pattern or picture serving as a background on a computer or mobile phone screen.
Example sentences
  • We not only have a detailed video review, but also high-res movies, and even custom wallpaper for your computer desktop.
  • She will also provide services like ringtones, Java games and wallpapers.
  • I always get my wallpapers and desktop icons from thereabouts.


[with object]
Apply wallpaper to (a wall or room): we were wallpapering a wall (as noun wallpapering) he was planning to do some wallpapering this month (as adjective wallpapered) the wallpapered wall behind the stairs
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  • Reexamination of the walls revealed that two rooms were originally wallpapered.
  • In the room, the walls were wallpapered with scenery, a mythological forest.
  • My room was actually wallpapered with ‘National Geographic’ maps and my book shelves all had ‘National Geographic’ magazines.

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