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Origin of postcard

First recorded in 1865–70; post3 + card1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • "There's really nothing that a postcard couldn't do," Uncle William said.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "They could have sent a postcard to say they'd got it all right," John replied ruefully.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • One of the handful was a postcard with a photograph upon its back.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • On Wednesday came a postcard from Jim, himself, demanding information.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • But neither mother nor daughter had offered to show her postcard to the other.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

British Dictionary definitions for postcard


  1. a card, often bearing a photograph, picture, etc, on one side, (picture postcard), for sending a message by post without an envelopeAlso called (US): postal card
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for postcard

1870, from post (n.3) + card (n).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper