the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby or an investment.
the study of postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history.
- phil·a·tel·ic [fil-uh-tel-ik], /ˌfɪl əˈtɛl ɪk/, phil·a·tel·i·cal, adjective
- phil·a·tel·i·cal·ly, adverb
- phi·lat·e·list [fi-lat-l-ist], /fɪˈlæt l ɪst/, noun
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How to use philately in a sentence
philately, fi-lat′e-li, n. the study and collection of postage and revenue stamps and labels (also Timbrophily, Timbrology).
Strictly speaking, the so-called "officially sealed stamps" are not stamps, as that term is technically employed in philately.Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery | Clifton Armstrong Howes
Every new phase of recreation from playgrounds to philately presently has its countrywide association.Society | Henry Kalloch Rowe
It is impossible to estimate the injury resulting to philately.Harper's Young People, June 14, 1881 | Various
Like the lady said to the stamp collector, philately will get you everywhere.Makers | Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for philately
the collection and study of postage stamps and all related material concerned with postal history
- philatelic (ˌfɪləˈtɛlɪk), adjective
- philatelically, adverb
- philatelist, noun
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