Definition of wrapper in US English:



  • 1A piece of paper, plastic, or foil covering and protecting something sold.

    • ‘As well as the usual beer cans and plastic wrappers, Mr Burke regularly walked past rusting bike frames, an old scooter, an oil drum, and even an abandoned lamppost.’
    • ‘Cigarettes began being sold in Britain in the 1850s, initially just sold in paper wrappers.’
    • ‘There are no bins and a few pieces of fast-food wrappers; sweet papers and bottles are the main offenders.’
    • ‘The posters are aimed at people dropping fast food wrappers and leftovers, predominantly in the town centre.’
    • ‘I peered at the albums underneath the plastic cellophane wrappers.’
    • ‘Mr Morrissey pointed out that wrappers, sweet papers, empty cans, chip bags and plastic bottles made up the majority of the rubbish.’
    • ‘Some sweet and fast food wrappers and plastic bottles littered the area.’
    • ‘There were light scatterings of sweet papers and fast-food wrappers along this busy road.’
    • ‘Quite often, coupons are part of the packaging so always check wrappers and cartons carefully before you lob them into the swing-bin.’
    • ‘But already in the playground off Cambria Bridge Road bottle tops, cigarette ends, chip wrappers and sweet papers surround the teen shelter, a sight that some people think will worsen.’
    • ‘She also has in her possession thousands of plastic bottles and cellophane wrappers.’
    • ‘You should have seen the lads' faces when I emerged waving the foil wrapper from a pork pie.’
    • ‘The advisers also want cigarettes to be sold in plain wrappers to make them less attractive to young smokers after new research found a proportion of the public were drawn to stylish cigarette packaging.’
    • ‘When bringing the hunt out to the backyard, foil wrappers will protect the eggs from dirt and debris, allowing for fun as well as a sanitary outdoor hunt.’
    • ‘The crew chattered as they helped themselves to the supplies, covering the floor of the bridge with empty wrappers and stray crumbs of food in moments.’
    • ‘Today's trip to the town dump was made odoriferous by two large plastic wrappers holding the grass cuttings from yesterday's mowing activities.’
    • ‘The litter, plastic bags, food wrappers and cold drink and beer cans in front of the post office are still there.’
    • ‘The bin in the corner held sweet wrappers, papers and strands of cotton, pieces of fabric.’
    • ‘Neal grabbed the packet of tissues and pulled them out, leaving only the plastic wrapper, which he ripped in half.’
    • ‘The bulk of the litter we noticed composed of drink cans and bottles, plastic food boxes and bags, sweet and sandwich wrappers.’
    cover, wrapping, covering, packaging, paper
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    1. 1.1 A cover enclosing a newspaper or magazine for mailing.
      • ‘She never read it and the copies just accumulated around the house still in their plastic wrappers.’
      • ‘Stamps were attached to the wrapper of the newspaper and couriers were hired to deliver Court to subscribers.’
      • ‘And the title, suddenly revealed, stares out at me from beneath the cellophane wrapper of the cover.’
      • ‘Maybe you could start sending the magazine out in a plain brown wrapper.’
    2. 1.2 The dust jacket of a book.
      • ‘Several months ago, our Conservation Services Division was asked to design a book wrapper for the use of the Princeton University Library.’
      • ‘If teens today feel they have time only to log on to the net and cyber chat, then they are not only shutting their minds off, but also loosing a lot of the rich heritage bound in between the wrappers of the books.’
    3. 1.3North American A tobacco leaf of superior quality enclosing a cigar.
      • ‘They may only shop for a certain wrapper or they only buy cigars that cost $4.’
      • ‘Prior to the turn of the century, the Corojo wrapper was the predominant wrapper tobacco used when rolling the famous Cuban brands.’
  • 2North American A loose robe or gown.

    • ‘She reached into the diminutive pocket located near the bodice of her wrapper, and procured a set of metallic keys hanging from a rather large gold ring.’
    • ‘Ekeleke masqueraders dance gracefully on short stilts, wear George-cloth wrappers, and cover their faces with a piece of lace.’
    • ‘The grand boubou (big boubou) consists of a gown worn over a shirt and trousers for men, and over a wrapper with a head-scarf for women.’
    • ‘We use cloth gowns, drapes, and wrappers at our facility, and the laundering of our linen is contracted to on outside laundry service.’
    housecoat, bathrobe, dressing gown, robe, negligee, kimono
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