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Paper of a particular size or source, originally watermarked with the figure of a crown: see "crown".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Taylor (1578–1653), poet. From crown + paper, so called because it used to be watermarked with the figure of a crown.
crown paper/ˈkraʊn ˌpeɪpə/
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