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

Examples of postage-stamp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The beloved Winona landmark, originally built in 1942 and pictured on the state's U.S. postage stamp that marked Minnesota's sesquicentennial in 2008, was one of them. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis' 3rd Avenue bridge to close for nearly two years," 27 Dec. 2020 The first was approximately 25 yards deep, with Martin finding the postage stamp area of the goal, over the head of East Granby goalie Taylor Andrews. Steve Smith,, "Suffield bests East Granby in semifinals," 13 Nov. 2020 Penix actually double pumps to give Philyor a half-beat longer to get open, then drops his pass on a postage stamp despite throwing across his body and losing some of his power to that pump fake. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football: How the Hoosiers' passing attack rallied to beat Penn State," 27 Oct. 2020 Another mapped Bennu’s color variation down to the size of a sheet of paper—and one instrument even imaged parts of Bennu’s surface down to the size of a postage stamp. National Geographic, "Ancient asteroid Bennu contains ingredients for life," 8 Oct. 2020 Two of those volunteer stations, including Station 15, are in Rutherford, a postage stamp-size town with a population of 164. Esther Mobley,, "In fire-prone Napa, winery employees double as the majority of the region's volunteer firefighters," 5 Oct. 2020 This is one of the earliest depictions of a train on a postage stamp, says the Postal Museum's Daniel Piazza. Winifred Gallagher, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of the United States Postal Service," 21 Aug. 2020 In this postage stamp, giving her the Mother’s Day salute, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is credited with adding the dedication and designer Victor S. McCloskey of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing crafted the floral arrangement. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Art and Artistry of Mother and Child," 8 May 2020 The tables were sticky and the ladies room down some rickety stairs, dimly lit, and felt like the size of a postage stamp. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Wedding Dress Shopping Was a Magical Mother-Daughter Moment — Now the Wedding Is Postponed," 25 June 2020

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1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Postage-stamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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