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

Definition of postage-stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: suggesting a postage stamp in size : very small postage-stamp yards

postage stamp


Definition of postage stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a government adhesive stamp or imprinted stamp for use on mail as evidence of prepayment of postage

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Smokey has also appeared on postage stamps, billboards and even a hot-air balloon. Emily Johnson, USA TODAY, "Happy birthday, Smokey Bear! See 75 years of the famous fire prevention mascot," 9 Aug. 2019 Tancayo and her staff will often decorate coconuts with a colorful array of postage stamps to give them some flair and to compliment the artwork drawn by senders. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "You Can Mail a Coconut to Anywhere in the World From This Post Office in Hawaii," 2 Aug. 2017 Max’s work has been exhibited at museums, been the basis of popular wall posters, promoted major sporting events, graced the covers of rock records and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp. Washington Post, "Artist Peter Max’s wife found dead in a suspected suicide," 11 June 2019 Max's work has been exhibited at museums, been the basis of popular wall posters, promoted major sporting events, graced the covers of rock records and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp. Verena Dobnik, USA TODAY, "Peter Max's wife found dead amid allegations she exploited the artist," 11 June 2019 Arizona’s smallest bar covers a cozy 95 square feet, and has four stools and a postage stamp-size table. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 In that period, share prices have followed earnings like a postage stamp on a letter, rising precisely the same number to just over 3000. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "One of Warren Buffet’s Favorite Metrics is Flashing Red—a Sign That Corporate Profits Are Due for a Hit," 17 July 2019 The formal dining room is equally spacious and features a corner fireplace retiled with a postage stamp-size tile surround. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: One of a Kind: Single-level Alamo home with detached guesthouse undergoes an incredibly sophisticated update," 24 June 2019 The paintings were copied onto postage stamps and more than 4 million sets of posters before the end of the war. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Freedom from Inspiration," 10 Mar. 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above


1829, in the meaning defined above

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