philatelist

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noun phi·lat·e·list \fə-ˈla-tə-list\

Definition of philatelist

  1. :  a specialist in philately :  one who collects or studies stamps

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The first postage stamps were made available on May 1, 1840, in England, and it didn't take long for the hobby of stamp collecting to arise. Within a year, a young London lady was letting it be known in a newspaper advertisement that she was "desirous of covering her dressing room with cancelled postage stamps". Philately has been alive and well ever since, though modern philatelists—including rock stars, English kings, and American presidents—are more likely to put the stamps they collect in special albums.

Circa 1865

First Known Use of philatelist

circa 1865

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PHILATELIST Defined for English Language Learners

philatelist

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noun phi·lat·e·list \fə-ˈla-tə-list\

Definition of philatelist for English Language Learners

  • : a person who studies or collects postage stamps


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