post·​age ˈpō-stij How to pronounce postage (audio)
: the fee for postal service
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ahead of the board’s vote, Dupuis said calling the special election would cost the county $19 to $21 a voter to pay for postage costs, as well as hire up to 400 new staff and 1,700 election workers to help mail ballots and staff voting centers. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 In other words, actual postage or delivery charges can be excluded, while the cost of pulling an item off a shelf and taking it to a shipping company has to be included in its advertised price. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 Campaign expenditures include advertisements, staffing, postage, and retaining consultants. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 If mailed, the return must be postmarked on or before the due date with proper postage and must be received by the Department of Revenue within five days of the deadline. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 27 Feb. 2024 More pages mean more paper and higher postage costs. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2024 The higher postage prices haven't come without criticism, however, with some postal experts pointing out that customers are paying more while getting less for their money. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 29 June 2023 More than $35 million of the super PAC's money throughout last year was spent specifically in Iowa -- much of it on television and digital ad placement as well as printing and postage. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, 1 Feb. 2024 The Postal Service is an independent agency financed with revenue from the sale of postage, products and services. Detroit Free Press, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Postage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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post·​age ˈpō-stij How to pronounce postage (audio)
: the charge fixed by law for carrying an article by mail

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