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 Also requested are personal items such as body wash, shampoo and conditioners, powders, lotions, deodorant, batteries, postage stamps and gift cards for music., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 4 Nov. 2019 In a smartphone, a chip is usually about the size of your fingernail in a smartphone or, on the larger side of the scale, the size of a postage stamp. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the World's Largest Computer Chip," 27 Aug. 2019 One of my friends enclosed a book of postage stamps in her get-well card. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Are these labels lacking?," 8 July 2019 The processor that powers the latest iPhones and iPads is smaller than a fingernail, and even the beefy devices used in cloud servers aren’t much bigger than a postage stamp. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "To Power AI, This Startup Built a Really, Really Big Chip," 19 Aug. 2019 Four years later, the bear made it on to his own postage stamp. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smokey Bear's first costume was made in Mercer, and the head is still on display there," 13 Apr. 2019 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

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1938, in the meaning defined above


1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Postage-stamp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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