- the charge for the conveyance of a letter or other matter sent by mail, usually prepaid by means of a stamp or stamps.
Origin of postage
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Examples from the Web for postages
There was no post office, there were no postages, and no copying machines.The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844
William C. Hunter
The postages are added up, separately at first, then altogether.
The Treasury tells me what it derives from postages, salt-tax, and customs.
In fixing the price Mr. Birchall wishes you to mention a sum that will include Copying and Postages.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume II (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
Howe proposed that the postages from the route be devoted to its maintenance, and the balance be made up by the legislature.
- the charge for delivering a piece of mail
- (as modifier)postage charges
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Word Origin and History for postages
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