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[verb oh-ver-print; noun oh-ver-print]
verb (used with object)
  1. Printing. to print additional material or another color on a form or sheet previously printed.
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  1. Printing. a quantity of printing in excess of that desired; overrun.
  2. Philately.
    1. any word, inscription, or device written or printed on the face of a stamp that alters, limits, or describes its use, place of issue, or character.
    2. a stamp so marked.
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Origin of overprint

First recorded in 1850–55; over- + print
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Examples from the Web for overprint

Historical Examples

  • The overprint in each case is in shiny black ink, the figure being 13 mm.

    Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery

    Clifton Armstrong Howes

British Dictionary definitions for overprint


verb (ˌəʊvəˈprɪnt)
  1. (tr) to print (additional matter or another colour) on a sheet of paper
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noun (ˈəʊvəˌprɪnt)
  1. additional matter or another colour printed onto a previously printed sheet
  2. additional matter, other than a change in face value, applied to a finished postage stamp by printing, stamping, etcSee also surcharge (def. 5), provisional (def. 2)
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