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 The enterprising Great Bitter Lake Association found plenty of other ways to keep busy, hosting their own version of the Olympics in 1968 (the Polish crew won), and even creating their very own handmade postage stamps. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "The Suez Canal’s worst stuck-ship fiasco lasted eight whole years," 24 Mar. 2021 The Ohio Controlling Board voted to deny a request from state Secretary of State Frank LaRose to provide postage paid on absentee ballot envelopes for the November general election. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Wisconsin Supreme Court rules Green Party won't be on the ballot in the state," 14 Sep. 2020 As a tribute to the Wright brothers, Ingenuity has a postage-sized bit of fabric from the brothers’ aircraft, known as the Flyer, attached to a cable under the solar panel. Washington Post, "NASA flies a helicopter on Mars, the first time an aircraft has flown on another planet," 19 Apr. 2021 The 39-bill package in the Senate would, among other things, also require photo ID to vote in person, prohibit the use of absentee ballot drop boxes on Election Day and ban prepaid postage on return envelopes. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Benson: Michigan voting bills more restrictive than Georgia," 16 Apr. 2021 Netflix did this as a DVD-by-mail company, paying postage for the delivery and return of DVDs. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, "Biden’s $100B Broadband Plan Gives Big Tech A Free Ride," 12 Apr. 2021 The Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, the Wrights’ hometown, donated the postage-size piece of muslin from the plane’s bottom left wing, at NASA’s request. NBC News, "Part of Wright brothers’ 1st airplane on NASA’s Mars chopper," 24 Mar. 2021 But such correspondence is easily affected by changing economic fortunes: When business dries up, companies look for ways to cut costs, and postage is often one of the first on the list. Washington Post, "What’s in Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan for the USPS," 23 Mar. 2021 Absentee ballots in drop boxes do not need postage. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "'Every vote needs to be counted': 10 questions Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose answered about voting," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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7 May 2021

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“Postage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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