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postage

[poh-stij]
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noun
  1. the charge for the conveyance of a letter or other matter sent by mail, usually prepaid by means of a stamp or stamps.
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Origin of postage

First recorded in 1580–90; post3 + -age
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Examples from the Web for postages

Historical Examples

  • There was no post office, there were no postages, and no copying machines.

    The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844

    William C. Hunter

  • The postages are added up, separately at first, then altogether.

    Economic Sophisms

    Frederic Bastiat

  • The Treasury tells me what it derives from postages, salt-tax, and customs.

    Economic Sophisms

    Frederic Bastiat

  • In fixing the price Mr. Birchall wishes you to mention a sum that will include Copying and Postages.

  • Howe proposed that the postages from the route be devoted to its maintenance, and the balance be made up by the legislature.


British Dictionary definitions for postages

postage

noun
    1. the charge for delivering a piece of mail
    2. (as modifier)postage charges
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Word Origin and History for postages

postage

n.

1580s, "sending of mail by post;" 1650s as "cost of sending something by mail," from post (n.3) + -age. Postage stamp is attested from 1840; they were recorded as being collected in albums by 1862.

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