Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that sells stationery.
  • n. Archaic A publisher.
  • n. Archaic A bookseller.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or business that sells stationery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bookseller or publisher; -- formerly so called from his occupying a stand, or station, in the market place or elsewhere.
  • n. One who sells paper, pens, quills, inkstands, pencils, blank books, and other articles used in writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bookseller.
  • n. One who sells the materials used in writing, as paper, pens, pencils, ink, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a merchant who sells writing materials and office supplies

Etymologies

Middle English staciouner, a bookseller, from Medieval Latin statiōnārius, shopkeeper (as against a peddler), probably from Latin statiō, statiōn-, place of business; see station.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Mediaeval Latin stationarius, used of a bookseller who had a fixed station, especially at universities. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The stationer was a little ashamed, and used to defend himself feebly, and in a mealy voice profess a Kropotkinesque gospel of tolerance.

    Jean-Christophe Journey's End

  • I just remember that stationery is sold by a stationer, not a stationar.

    Stationary stationery

  • Stationary also used to mean stationery; both terms derive from the Latin stationarius, stationery arriving indirectly by stationer + - y.

    Stationary stationery

  • Stationery means stationery goods, i.e. items sold by a stationer, such as paper, pens, ink, envelopes, and other office supplies and writing and printing material.

    Stationary stationery

  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas PAPER TRAIL | As a clever promotional device, bespoke stationer Thornwillow Press Ltd. created calling cards featuring the names of literary and cinematic characters, a sample of them shown here.

    Leaving the Right Impression

  • "A 'calling card' provides relevant information about where to reach you, but also clues about your style and character," said Luke Ives Pontifell, publisher and founder of Thornwillow Press, Ltd., a bespoke stationer based in a drawing room of New York's St. Regis Hotel.

    Leaving the Right Impression

  • Said Emily Arden Wells, a custom stationer in Brooklyn, N.Y., "You can text your contact details, but they just get lost in that digital device; you forget the person."

    Leaving the Right Impression

  • The very idea of having to track down over 100 home addresses, find a stationer and design the cards sent me into a panic -- never mind those pesky RSVP cards don't forget you need postage on them as well, and you end up getting frustrated and angry at those guests that never seem to send them back on time.

    Julie Benz: Why I'm Sending Paperless Post Wedding Invites

  • Facebook References Kiss and Punch, a small stationer in southern California, offers a letterpress card that resembles a Facebook screen and says, Congratulations on your changed relationship status!

    Stationery's New Followers

  • A cartoon from someecards.com, an electronic stationer, showing a woman holding a dollar and saying, "another dollar that won't be going to Susan G. Komen," made the rounds on Facebook and had been viewed tens of thousands of times by Friday afternoon.

    Social Media Flex Muscles Again, Amplifying Protests

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