[verb oh-ver-print; noun oh-ver-print]
  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.

Origin of overprint

First recorded in 1850–55; over- + print
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verb (ˌəʊvəˈprɪnt)
  1. (tr) to print (additional matter or another colour) on a sheet of paper
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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