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foolscap

A size of paper, about 330 x 200 (or 400) mm. It is said to be named from a former watermark representing a fool's cap.

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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2011
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Literature, History
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93 words

... Foolscap is a long sheet of paper characterized by a watermark in the shape of a fool's or jester's cap, with its triangular points and bells. The paper varies in size, but, from the fourteenth century onwards, a foolscap sheet was likely to measure approximately 16–18 inches (41–46 cm) in length by 12–13½ inches (30.5–34.5 cm) in width. The term was subsequently applied to the long folio size of paper traditionally associated with that watermark (whether a watermark was actually present or not) e.g. Oxford pads and long typing...

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A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

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2004

... paper and printing . British A paper size , being that with the full sheet of 13.5 in × 17 in (342.9 mm × 431.8 mm), but used in UK also to mean specifically the folio (i.e. half) of this, being 8.5 in × 13.5 in, else 13 in (215.9 mm × 342.9 mm, else 330.2 mm) see also legal size...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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88 words

... Obsolete size of sheet used for writing, drawing, printing, and wrapping papers, measuring between 15×12.75in. (38.1×32.4cm) and 18.5×14.5in. (47×36.8cm), with many named sub-variants. The name is thought to originate from the use of a jester’s head, complete with cap and bells, as the *watermark ; as such it is the clearest example of a watermark being used to name a sheet size. By 1795 in England, this watermark had been supplanted by that of Britannia, or in some cases by the lion rampant. Daven Christopher Chamberlain...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016

... ; fool's cap . Foolscap is a size of paper (around 13½ by 17 inches), so called because 17th-century papermakers used a fool's cap as their watermark. A fool's cap is either (1) the hat once worn by court jesters, with three peaks, each tipped with a bell; or (2) the conical hat formerly put on dull pupils or, notably, on political dissidents in Maoist China. In sense 2, it's also called a dunce cap or dunce's cap...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2015

...foolscap , a size of folio writing- or printing-paper of a kind that originally bore a watermark representing a fool’s cap. The old spelling fool’s-cap has long since been discarded. Inevitably, the word is sometimes misspelt * fullscap...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... a size of paper, about 330 x 200 (or 400) mm. It is said to be named from a former watermark representing a fool's...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... • bap , cap, chap, clap, crap, dap, entrap, enwrap, flap, frap, gap, giftwrap, hap, Jap, knap, lap, Lapp, map, nap, nappe, pap, rap, sap, schappe, scrap, slap, snap, strap, tap, trap, wrap, yap, zap • stopgap • mayhap • mishap • madcap • blackcap • redcap • kneecap • handicap • nightcap , whitecap • snowcap , toecap • foolscap • hubcap • skullcap • dunce cap • handclap • dewlap • mudflap • thunderclap • burlap • bitmap • catnap • kidnap • Saranwrap • mantrap • claptrap • deathtrap • chinstrap • jockstrap • mousetrap • bootstrap • suntrap...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
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8 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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68 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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58 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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25 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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27 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
27 words
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A size of paper, about 330 x 200 (or 400) mm. It is said to be named from a former watermark representing a fool's cap.
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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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Oxford University Press
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...heads and hands, keys and pottery; animals, including mythological beasts; and flora and images from nature. Eventually, some items from the second category, depicting human creativity, became synonymous with various paper sizes: beakers and pots ( *pot ), and the fool’s cap ( *foolscap ). By the era of machine-manufactured watermarks, only these images were commonly in use. Some decades later, the trademark was devised: manufacturers, stationers, and latterly customers, introduced named grades of paper to the marketplace, the most famous being Conqueror from...

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chancery  

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Obsolete paper sheet size used specifically in legal establishments, being nominally double foolscap 26.5×16.5in. (67.3×41.9cm), of a cream colour, and with a wove finish. Known also as judicature. ...
pot

pot  

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Obsolete sheet size, used principally for writing and drawing grades of paper and board, measuring between 15×12.5in. (38.1×31.8cm) to 17.25×14.25in. (43.8×36.2cm), with many named sub-variants. It ...
cap

cap  

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Cap and bells the insignia of the professional jester.cap of liberty a conical cap given to Roman slaves on emancipation, often used as a Republican symbol.cap of maintenance a cap or hat worn as a ...
letterhead

letterhead  

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A sheet of letter-paper, usually high-quality stationery, with an engraved, letterpress, or lithographic heading—a name and address, either of a commercial firm or of an individual or family. ...
sheet

sheet  

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A sheet is a single piece of paper, generally a quite large one, which may be folded one or more times to produce a series of leaves and pages. The ...

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