[ pohst-skript, pohs- ]
/ ˈpoʊstˌskrɪpt, ˈpoʊs- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. postpuberal,
  2. postpubescent,
  3. postremogeniture,
  4. postrider,
  5. postrorse,
  6. postseason,
  7. postsecondary,
  8. postsphygmic,
  9. postsphygmic interval,
  10. poststructuralism

Origin of postscript

1515–25; < Latin postscrīptum, neuter past participle of postscrībere to write after

Related formssub·post·script, noun


[ pohst-skript, pohs‐ ]
/ ˈpoʊstˌskrɪpt, ˈpoʊs‐ /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for postscript


/ (ˈpəʊsˌskrɪpt, ˈpəʊst-) /


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

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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