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postcard

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[pohst-kahrd]
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noun
  1. Also called picture postcard. a small, commercially printed card, usually having a picture on one side and space for a short message on the other.
  2. postal card(def 1).
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Origin of postcard

First recorded in 1865–70; post3 + card1
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Related Words

memo, memorandum, note, answer, report, reply, message, postcard, word, card, billet, dispatch, epistle, line, missive, acknowledgment, kite, letter, parcel, package

Examples from the Web for postcard

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Historical Examples

  • "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

postcard

noun
  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
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Word Origin and History for postcard

n.

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

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