post·​age | \ˈpō-stij \

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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Instead of using those funds to pay the postage, the defendants split the money between them and used it for their own benefit, according to the charges. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Feds charge Barrington and Northbrook men in $16 million postal fraud case," 26 June 2018 The Forever stamp will be accepted as postage whether that rate rises or falls. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "USPS announces first scratch and sniff postal stamps," 22 May 2018 An independent agency of the executive branch, the Postal Service doesn’t currently receive tax dollars for operating expenses, which are funded through sales of postage and shipping services. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Trump’s Fix for Postal Service: Privatize It," 22 June 2018 Drop off a ballot in the mail box with a first-class stamp, or save on postage by bringing the ballot to a secure drop box in your area. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage ballots were mailed today. Here’s an overview of what will show up in your mailbox.," 13 Mar. 2018 Californians frequently fail to put enough stamps on an envelope, or simply send a ballot back without any postage. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "California's campaign watchdog panel deadlocks on proposal to make its chairperson part time," 21 June 2018 The company allegedly assembled bulk mailings from customers and provided the mailings, which included fraudulent payment and verification forms, to the postal service for delivery even though the postage had not been paid for the mailings. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Feds charge Barrington and Northbrook men in $16 million postal fraud case," 26 June 2018 Backers have raised $130,000 in total but, as of Monday, reported spending only $40,000, mostly for campaign management, postage and printing. Betsy Hammond,, "Beaverton schools counting on voters to re-up $30M yearly levy for 300 teachers," 7 May 2018 In a meeting with Assembly members Friday, city clerk Barbara Jones said printing, postage and rent on the Ship Creek building drove up the cost from prior elections. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Election cost doubles as Anchorage turns to vote by mail," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of postage

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of postage was in 1536

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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 \

Kids Definition of postage

: a fee for sending a letter or package by mail

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