post·​card | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌkärd How to pronounce postcard (audio) \

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 How to pronounce postcard (audio) \ adjective

Examples of postcard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Give the sweltering heat and overtourism of the peak summer months a miss and let September deliver a cooler vibe to the postcard-perfect Spanish islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Isabelle Kliger, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The first thing viewers see in the movie, before the credits, is a postcard-perfect image of the Alamo. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 8 July 2021 Tshibaka is an almost postcard-perfect candidate for Alaska conservatives. Arkansas Online, 17 June 2021 High season has arrived in Nantucket, when visitors come for the sun, the cooling evening breeze, and the beauty of an island that is the definition of a postcard-perfect setting., 3 June 2021 But the picture-postcard settings and air of possibility masked an uglier reality for Black newcomers. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021 From Costa Rica to Indonesia, each coffee delivery comes with tasting notes, brewing tips, and a postcard filled with stories and information about its country of origin. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The sequence zeroed in on a location near a school in South Lake Tahoe, a city in California referred to in another postcard believed to have been sent by the Zodiac killer in 1971. New York Times, 22 June 2021 All community members also are invited to sell creative items from their households, from postcard and baseball card collections to their children’s drawings, and art supplies., 3 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For a long time, everything still looks postcard-pretty. Darren Franich,, 12 Dec. 2019

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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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“Postcard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce postcard (audio) \

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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