[ verb oh-ver-print; noun oh-ver-print ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈprɪnt; noun ˈoʊ vərˌprɪnt /

verb (used with object)

Printing. to print additional material or another color on a form or sheet previously printed.


Printing. a quantity of printing in excess of that desired; overrun.
  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.

Origin of overprint

First recorded in 1850–55; over- + print
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British Dictionary definitions for overprint


verb (ˌəʊvəˈprɪnt)

(tr) to print (additional matter or another colour) on a sheet of paper

noun (ˈəʊvəˌprɪnt)

additional matter or another colour printed onto a previously printed sheet
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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