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post·​card ˈpōs(t)-ˌkärd How to pronounce postcard (audio)
: a card on which a message may be written for mailing without an envelope and to which the sender must affix a stamp
postcardlike adjective


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: picturesque, picture-postcard
a postcard village

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
The 3rd District is a postcard to the rugged beauty of California, eliciting a near-reverence for the mountains, forests and deserts that rises above politics. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 There’s the charming town of Lone Pine, which looks like a 1950s postcard stuck in time, where everyone urges visitors to try Seasons, a rustic little steakhouse that is delightfully worth the hype. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 To say our first stop looked like a postcard would be a vast understatement. Lily Radziemski, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 The air is like Florida’s, hot and heavy to touch, the haze like a postcard of Los Angeles. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 19 July 2022 The community was once graced with old Victorian storefronts but was transformed by the storm into something like a postwar postcard. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, John's enjoying his morning coffee while admiring the postcard-perfect view from his front porch. Matt Cabral,, 14 Nov. 2022 Switzerland has a postcard-perfect ski resort for every type of traveler, from jetsetters in search of a scene (St. Moritz) to die-hard monarchists who follow the Windsors' every move (Klosters). Leena Kim, Town & Country, 7 Nov. 2022 Or, perhaps send a postcard asking if the person wants to continue receiving the mailing. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 3 July 2020
The mixed-density project could be a postcard picture of what economists and planners say is needed to combat the nation’s housing shortage and sprawl. New York Times, 20 Feb. 2022 For a long time, everything still looks postcard-pretty. Darren Franich,, 12 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postcard was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Postcard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: a card on which a message may be sent by mail without an envelope
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