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philately

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noun phi·lat·e·ly \fə-ˈla-tə-lē\

Simple Definition of philately

  • : the study or collection of postage stamps

Full Definition of philately

  1. :  the collection and study of postage and imprinted stamps :  stamp collecting

phil·a·tel·ic play \ˌfi-lə-ˈte-lik\ adjective
phil·a·tel·i·cal·ly play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of philately

French philatélie, from phil- + Greek ateleia tax exemption, from atelēs free from tax, from a- + telos tax; perhaps akin to Greek tlēnai to bear; from the fact that a stamped letter frees the recipient from paying the mailing charges — more at tolerate


First Known Use: circa 1865



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