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.

verb (used with object)

to stamp with a postmark.

Origin of postmark

First recorded in 1670–80; post3 + mark1
Related formsun·post·marked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for postmarked

Contemporary Examples of postmarked

Historical Examples of postmarked

  • 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



any mark stamped on mail by postal officials, such as a simple obliteration, date mark, or indication of routeSee also cancellation


(tr) to put such a mark on mail
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Word Origin and History for postmarked



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper