- the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby or an investment.
- the study of postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history.
Origin of philately
Examples from the Web for philatelic
Reprints, for philatelic purposes, should be classed with forgeries.Peeps at Postage Stamps
Stanley Currie Johnson
It will have a good financial backing, and it is expected to be one of the leading publications in the philatelic line.
It is with these two provinces that our philatelic story of Canada begins.Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery
Clifton Armstrong Howes
You see there are still worlds to conquer, in spite of all the inky battles that have been waged by philatelic writers.
Our own country has added to the philatelic "zoo" by placing a herd of cattle on one of the Trans-Mississippi issue.
- the collection and study of postage stamps and all related material concerned with postal history
Word Origin and History for philatelic
"stamp-collecting," 1865, from French philatélie, coined by French stamp collector Georges Herpin (in "Le Collectionneur de Timbres-poste," Nov. 15, 1864), from Greek phil- "loving" (see philo-) + ateleia "exemption from tax," the closest word Herpin could find in ancient Greek to the concept of "postage stamp" (from a- "without" + telos "tax;" see toll (n.)). A reminder of the original function of postage stamps, now often forgotten: the cost of letter-carrying formerly was paid by the recipient; stamps indicated it had been pre-paid by the sender, thus the letters were "carriage-free."
It is a pity that for one of the most popular scientific pursuits one of the least popularly intelligible names should have been found. [Fowler]
Related: Philatelic; philatelism; philatelist.