1. That in which an object is wrapped or covered, as:
a. The material, such as paper, in which something is wrapped: a candy wrapper.
b. The material encircling a magazine or newspaper sent by mail.
c. A book jacket.
d. The tobacco leaf covering a cigar.
2. A loose dressing gown or negligee.
3. One that wraps, as a store employee who wraps parcels.
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