post·​age | \ ˈpō-stij How to pronounce postage (audio) \

Definition of postage

1 : the fee for postal service
2 : adhesive stamps or printed indicia representing postal fees

Examples of postage in a Sentence

How much is the postage for this package? Enclose two dollars for postage and handling. I hope I put enough postage on the package.
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Recent Examples on the Web By day Cassie works in a postage-sized coffee shop, her candy-colored manicure and cheerful wardrobe a winking shield against her sadness. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "In 'Promising Young Woman,' Carey Mulligan is not starring in the revenge movie you expect," 21 Dec. 2020 Most of the recipients are out of town, which means expensive mailing postage. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Potential groom looks for trust before he can say ‘I do’," 18 Dec. 2020 Most of the recipients are out of town, which means expensive mailing postage. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My fiancée is keeping secrets from me about a man from her past," 18 Dec. 2020 No postage is necessary but a return address for Santa to respond is necessary. Elizabeth Owens-schiele,, "Santa’s arrival, holiday celebrations taking place differently amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as towns still look to make the season bright," 9 Dec. 2020 Any computing center with a PDP-11 could install Unix on it for nothing more than the cost of media and postage, and C came along with Unix. Richard Jensen, Ars Technica, "“A damn stupid thing to do”—the origins of C," 9 Dec. 2020 The postal system aided the mail order business by permitting the classification of mail order publications as aids in the dissemination of knowledge entitling these catalogs the postage rate of one cent per pound. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Legislation by Regulation — The Accountants Are Moving In (Shareholders Left Out)," 7 Dec. 2020 Some election officials could not afford to swap out their aging DREs even before COVID-19 costs for such things as absentee ballots, postage, and personal protective equipment for poll workers burned through their budgets. Pat Beall, USA TODAY, "Will your ballot be safe? Computer experts sound warnings on America's voting machines," 2 Nov. 2020 While Facebook applied a contextual label to one false claim on a purple background about extra postage being required for mail-in ballots, another identical claim ran against a blue background with no intervention from Facebook. Brian Fung, CNN, "Facebook can't catch misinformation it's already identified as false, activist group says," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of postage

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jan 2021

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“Postage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of postage

: the cost of sending a letter or package by mail
: the stamps attached to a letter or package


post·​age | \ ˈpō-stij How to pronounce postage (audio) \

Kids Definition of postage

: a fee for sending a letter or package by mail

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