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[pohst-skript, pohs-] /ˈpoʊstˌskrɪpt, ˈpoʊs-/
a paragraph, phrase, etc., added to a letter that has already been concluded and signed by the writer.
any addition or supplement, as one appended by a writer to a book to supply further information.
Origin of postscript
1515-25; < Latin postscrīptum, neuter past participle of postscrībere to write after
Related forms
subpostscript, noun


[pohst-skript, pohs‐] /ˈpoʊstˌskrɪpt, ˈpoʊs‐/
a page description language using scalable fonts that can be printed on a variety of appropriately equipped devices, including laser printers and professional-quality imagesetters. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The substance of a lady's letter, it has been said, always is comprised in the postscript.

  • Also, in writing to his employer, Matt devoted a postscript to White Fang.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He read it with eagerness and pleasure till he came to the postscript.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • This postscript was in the writing of the young lady herself.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • As a postscript she mentioned that it was her niece who was to be married.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • He added as a postscript, "What does thee know about Evelina Bray?"

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
British Dictionary definitions for postscript


/ˈpəʊsˌskrɪpt; ˈpəʊst-/
a message added at the end of a letter, after the signature
any supplement, as to a document or book
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin postscribere to write after, from post- + scribere to write
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for postscript

1550s, from Latin post scriptum "written after," from neuter past participle of Latin postscribere "write after," from post "after" (see post-) + scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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