Origin of postage-stamp

First recorded in 1960–65

postage stamp

  1. a small gummed label issued by postal authorities that can be affixed to an envelope, postcard, or package as evidence that postal charges have been paid.

Origin of postage stamp

First recorded in 1830–40
Also called stamp. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for postage-stamp

Contemporary Examples of postage-stamp

  • Bob Larson was raised in McCook, Nebraska, a postage-stamp town of around 7,000 people and 23 churches.

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    Scott Bixby

    February 6, 2014

Historical Examples of postage-stamp

  • What is the difference between a naughty boy and a postage-stamp?

  • The fort of Malmaison was a minute square, not as large as a postage-stamp.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • He wished to reduce himself to the substance of a postage-stamp.

  • The boy who sent the postage-stamp to the Calabrian is the one who pleases me best of all.

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    Edmondo De Amicis

  • When the waiter answered the bell I asked for a glass of milk and a postage-stamp.

    The Woman in Black

    Edmund Clerihew Bentley

British Dictionary definitions for postage-stamp

postage stamp

  1. a printed paper label with a gummed back for attaching to mail as an official indication that the required postage has been paid
  2. a mark directly printed or embossed on an envelope, postcard, etc, serving the same function
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