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postmark

[pohst-mahrk]
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noun
  1. an official mark stamped on letters and other mail, serving as a cancellation of the postage stamp and indicating the place, date, and sometimes time of sending or receipt.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to stamp with a postmark.
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Origin of postmark

First recorded in 1670–80; post3 + mark1
Related formsun·post·marked, adjective
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Related Words

forward, send, route, dispatch, mark, consign, remit, transmit, ship, label, inscribe, superscribe, postmark

Examples from the Web for postmarked

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Two of the letters were postmarked from a town on the Florida coast.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Without waiting to dress he opened the one postmarked Washington.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • The message was unsigned, but the message was postmarked at Gridley.

  • "It is postmarked Paris," said she, glancing at the envelope.

    Make or Break

    Oliver Optic

  • There was one for him, postmarked "Paimpol," but it was not Gaud's writing.


British Dictionary definitions for postmarked

postmark

noun
  1. any mark stamped on mail by postal officials, such as a simple obliteration, date mark, or indication of routeSee also cancellation
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verb
  1. (tr) to put such a mark on mail
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Word Origin and History for postmarked

postmark

n.

1670s, from post (n.3) + mark (n.1). As a verb from 1716. Related: Postmarked; postmarking.

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