One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fine, smooth pasteboard used for drawing or cutting.
- ‘She picked up a large piece of Bristol board and went to talk to the teacher.’
- ‘In the first step, photograms were produced by arranging a set of Bristol board strips of differing widths.’
- ‘I cut sheets of Bristol board to size and draw everything in pencil.’
- ‘We needed Bristol board and markers to make signs.’
- ‘At school, Carrie had tallied up the number of votes and posted a huge Bristol board outside the cafeteria.’
Early 19th century: named after the city of Bristol in southwestern England.
Bristol board/ˈbristl ˌbôrd/
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