philately

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

phi·lat·e·ly

noun \fə-ˈla-tə-lē\

: the study or collection of postage stamps

Full Definition of PHILATELY

:  the collection and study of postage and imprinted stamps :  stamp collecting
phil·a·tel·ic \ˌfi-lə-ˈte-lik\ adjective
phil·a·tel·i·cal·ly \-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

philately

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inverted airplane airmail stamp, U.S., 1918—Lee Boltin

Collection and study of postage stamps. The first postage stamps were issued in England in 1840, and in the U.S. in 1842. Stamp collectors usually specialize, collecting stamps of one country, one period of time, or one subject (e.g., birds, flowers, art). Value depends on rarity and condition. An issue of stamps that includes a printer's error may have increased value.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: Philemon
Previous Word in the Dictionary: philatelist
All Words Near: philately

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up philately? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More