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[pohst-mahrk] /ˈpoʊstˌmɑrk/
an official mark stamped on letters and other mail, serving as a cancellation of the postage stamp and indicating the place, date, and sometimes time of sending or receipt.
verb (used with object)
to stamp with a postmark.
Origin of postmark
1670-80; post3 + mark1
Related forms
unpostmarked, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was a very plain envelope and quite unaccountably it was postmarked from the station near the mouth of Shoulder-blade creek.

    A Pagan of the Hills Charles Neville Buck
  • "It is postmarked Paris," said she, glancing at the envelope.

    Make or Break Oliver Optic
  • And the envelope had been postmarked in Dansburg, Ohio, two days prior to the day of its arrival.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • There was one for him, postmarked "Paimpol," but it was not Gaud's writing.

    An Iceland Fisherman Pierre Loti
  • It was postmarked at Chicago, and they recognized Barrifield's handwriting.

    The Bread Line Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Two of the letters were postmarked from a town on the Florida coast.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for postmarked


any mark stamped on mail by postal officials, such as a simple obliteration, date mark, or indication of route See also cancellation
(transitive) to put such a mark on mail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for postmarked



1670s, from post (n.3) + mark (n.1). As a verb from 1716. Related: Postmarked; postmarking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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