Definition of paper bill in English:

paper bill


  • 1A bill for goods or services in paper form, as opposed to one that is delivered electronically.

    ‘many companies are now charging to send paper bills’
    • ‘Paper bills can cost anywhere from $2 to $3 to distribute and process.’
    • ‘I've opted out of the paper bill.’
    • ‘The only suggestion they could give me was to contact one of my utility companies, and ask them to send me a paper bill.’
    • ‘He points out something that will immediately reduce my stack of paper bills.’
    • ‘We are simplifying your paper bill, removing itemized detail.’
    • ‘Instead of receiving a traditional paper bill at your house, you receive an e-mail telling you that a new bill is now available online.’
    • ‘I also asked why there was no mention of this program on the paper bill I had received in the mail.’
    • ‘You may choose to discontinue paper bills or continue to receive the statements.’
    • ‘I incur an added cost if I send you an electronic bill when all of my other customers want paper bills.’
    • ‘You need your phone number and account number from your last paper bill.’
    1. 1.1 A bill for having newspapers delivered.
      ‘he paid the paper bill on his way back from the post office’
      • ‘My friend has just been told they can't afford to pay his paper bill any more.’
      • ‘Then with the rest of the cash he paid Brenda's weekly paper bill.’
      • ‘Plus I'd bought a house in 1969 for so low a price that my mortgage was less than my paper bill.’
      • ‘I've sorted your paper bill.’
      • ‘I am very restricted in my movements, but I can get round the supermarket while they go and pay my paper bill.’
  • 2North American A banknote.

    ‘she has found money—dimes and quarters, but also paper bills’
    • ‘In it, the tips are poured, the coins the same colour as draft beer, the paper bills piling up on top like foam.’
    • ‘He hands her paper bills that he hopes will tide everything over in the household.’
    • ‘The reason we went there initially was because I wanted to see how they got around the logistical problem of only having one and two dollar coins, and no paper bills.’
    • ‘The users will still be able to pay their fare in coins, but paper bills will no longer be accepted.’
    • ‘He trades the neat piles of coins with paper bills from the cash register.’