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post·​age-stamp ˈpō-stij-ˌstamp How to pronounce postage-stamp (audio)
: suggesting a postage stamp in size : very small
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postage stamp

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: 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
Read full article There was the wire clothesline in the courtyard, draped with a blue blanket cut into the size of a postage stamp. Vivian Wang,, 19 Aug. 2023 The Procedure The head of an RF microneedling applicator — which is usually about the size of a postage stamp — uses micropins to poke tiny holes in the skin surface, says Dr. Gohara. Audrey Noble, Allure, 15 Aug. 2023 Ukrainian officials only officially admitted to carrying out the first Crimean Bridge attack on July 9—though, the event was widely celebrated including on commemorative postage stamps. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 17 July 2023 Highlights of the collection include Ann Carrington’s work inspired by the Queen Elizabeth II postage stamp, creating a large scale silhouette of the late Queen using only mother of pearl buttons, painstakingly individually sewn by hand. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023 And the series of price hikes means that the cost of a postage stamp has soared much higher than inflation, which has jumped 20% in the same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 29 June 2023 Since its release, this film has achieved a cult status and enduring fame: The characters were featured on a postage stamp in Ireland, and cast members went on to careers in music, forming bands like The Corrs and The Frames. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2023 The House version of the legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who also sponsored a bill to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Mamie Till-Mobley, who died in 2003. Arkansas Online, 22 Dec. 2022 The cost of Forever Stamps, the postage stamps that remain good for mailing a 1-ounce letter, regardless of rate increases, will climb 3 cents, from 63 cents to 66 cents. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 2 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1938, in the meaning defined above


1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postage-stamp was in 1829

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“Postage-stamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

postage stamp

: a government stamp used on mail to show that postage has been paid
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