- an overprint that alters or restates the face value or denomination of a stamp to which it has been applied.
- a stamp bearing such an overprint.
verb (used with object), sur·charged, sur·charg·ing.
Origin of surcharge
Examples from the Web for surcharge
The company makes money by adding a 15 percent surcharge to the price of the meal.
The devil was predictably in the details, with a surcharge on the rich and a call to end the state and local tax deduction.RIP: Obama’s Grand Bargain With the GOP on Entitlements|John Avlon|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Independently of the variations in printing, there are two types of surcharge.Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery|Clifton Armstrong Howes
By a surcharge of ore, which deranges the action of the furnace, and produces impure cinder, containing uncombined iron.The American Quarterly Review|Various
Another Peruvian surcharge is the triangle with the word "Peru," and above it a character intended to represent the sun.
To "crown" a letter was to impress it with the stamp of the Crown, denoting that the surcharge had been made.The History of the Post Office|Herbert Joyce
Their income is mainly derived from the local rate, a surcharge of one-twelfth on the land revenue.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir|Sir James McCrone Douie