post·card | \ˈpōs(t)-ˌkärd \

Definition of postcard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a card on which a message may be written for mailing without an envelope and to which the sender must affix a stamp



Definition of postcard (Entry 2 of 2)

: picturesque, picture-postcard a postcard village

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postcardlike \ˈpōs(t)-ˌkärd-ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of postcard in a Sentence

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These are just a few of the secrets written on postcards by anonymous confessors and currently on view at the San Diego Museum of Man. Karla Peterson,, "PostSecret exhibit turns Museum of Man into a confession booth," 9 July 2018 The Department of Revenue spent $163,000 on more than 551,000 postcards to families that claimed a federal tax credit in 2017 and, in some cases, 2016. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nearly 140,000 families have yet to apply for child tax rebate with the deadline hours away," 2 July 2018 On a night in which the promotional giveaway for the Galaxy was a set of postcards commemorating the 15th anniversary of StubHub Center, Ibrahimovic gave them something to write home about. Curtis Zupke,, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice in 3-0 Galaxy win over Real Salt Lake," 10 June 2018 Her artwork is featured on the art show postcard, available at the Fawick Gallery. Rich Heileman,, "Rotaract raises funds for Puerto Rico: Around The Town," 20 Apr. 2018 Day 1: Historic Montreal Vieux-Montréal is the Montréal pictured on most postcards—and for good reason. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Montréal, Canada," 16 Apr. 2018 Additional money was raised via solicitations — each player mailed 20 postcards to friends and relatives seeking donations — and other fundraising activities. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Seawolves had to make a lot of pot pies to pay their way to a basketball tournament in Taiwan," 28 June 2018 Earlier this month, 110,000 people descended on the postcard-perfect island town of Allinge, with its two-story houses with red tile roofs, stone hedges and gardens with fruit trees and roses. Martin Selsoe Sorensen, New York Times, "Where Danes Butt Heads (Politely) With Their Leaders," 23 June 2018 This quaint coastal hub has more to offer than oysters and lighthouses—though visitors should absolutely slurp the former (Eventide Oyster Co. serves 12 local varieties) and Instagram the latter (Portland Head Light is postcard perfect). Mackenzie Schmidt,, "The 10 Hottest Foodie Cities in America—and Everything to Eat When You Get There," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of postcard


1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postcard was in 1869

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English Language Learners Definition of postcard

: a card on which a message may be sent by mail without an envelope and that often has a picture on one side


post·card | \ˈpōst-ˌkärd \

Kids Definition of postcard

1 : a card on which a message may be sent by mail without an envelope and that often has a picture on one side

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