- of very small area or size: a postage-stamp bikini.
Origin of postage-stamp
First recorded in 1960–65
- a small gummed label issued by postal authorities that can be affixed to an envelope, postcard, or package as evidence that postal charges have been paid.
Origin of postage stamp
First recorded in 1830–40
Also called stamp.
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- a printed paper label with a gummed back for attaching to mail as an official indication that the required postage has been paid
- a mark directly printed or embossed on an envelope, postcard, etc, serving the same function
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