Definition of cellophane in English:



mass nountrademark
  • A thin transparent wrapping material made from viscose.

    as modifier ‘a cellophane bag’
    • ‘In between, pinned to the wall, was a silk scarf wrapped in cellophane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cover with large piece of cellophane or tissue paper and add a bow if you wish.’
    • ‘His skin resembles bronze cellophane stretched taut over polished marble.’


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