[pohst-skript, pohs-]


a paragraph, phrase, etc., added to a letter that has already been concluded and signed by the writer.
any addition or supplement, as one appended by a writer to a book to supply further information.

Origin of postscript

1515–25; < Latin postscrīptum, neuter past participle of postscrībere to write after
Related formssub·post·script, noun


[pohst-skript, pohs‐]


a page description language using scalable fonts that can be printed on a variety of appropriately equipped devices, including laser printers and professional-quality imagesetters. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for postscript

footnote, appendix, appendage, sequel, rider, attachment

Examples from the Web for postscript

Contemporary Examples of postscript

Historical Examples of postscript

  • The substance of a lady's letter, it has been said, always is comprised in the postscript.

  • Also, in writing to his employer, Matt devoted a postscript to White Fang.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He read it with eagerness and pleasure till he came to the postscript.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • This postscript was in the writing of the young lady herself.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • As a postscript she mentioned that it was her niece who was to be married.


    Samuel T. Pickard

British Dictionary definitions for postscript



a message added at the end of a letter, after the signature
any supplement, as to a document or book

Word Origin for postscript

C16: from Late Latin postscribere to write after, from post- + scribere to write
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 postscript

1550s, from Latin post scriptum "written after," from neuter past participle of Latin postscribere "write after," from post "after" (see post-) + scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper