Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) one side of one leaf (of a book or magazine or newspaper or letter etc.) or the written or pictorial matter it contains
  2. (noun, person) in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood
  3. (noun, person) a youthful attendant at official functions or ceremonies such as legislative functions and weddings
  4. (noun, person) a boy who is employed to run errands
  5. (noun, person) United States diplomat and writer about the Old South (1853-1922)
  6. (noun, person) English industrialist who pioneered in the design and manufacture of aircraft (1885-1962)
  7. (verb, communication) contact, as with a pager or by calling somebody's name over a P.A. system
  8. (verb, communication) number the pages of a book or manuscript
  9. (verb, social) work as a page

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Origin of the word Page

  1. "sheet of paper," 1589 (earlier pagne, 12c., directly from O.Fr.), from M.Fr. page, from O.Fr. pagine, from L. pagina "page, strip of papyrus fastened to others," related to pagella "small page," from pangere "to fasten," from PIE base *pag- "to fix" (see pact). Usually said to be from the notion of individual sheets of paper "fa… more
  2. "youth, lad, boy of the lower orders," c.1300, originally also "youth preparing to be a knight," from O.Fr. page, possibly via It. paggio, from M.L. pagius "servant," perhaps ult. from Gk. paidion "boy, lad," dim. of pais (gen. paidos) "child;" but some sources consider this unlikely and suggest instead L. pagus "countryside," in… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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