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 postcardlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of postcard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its towns make good postcards, with saltbox houses meandering outward from a central green and a white clapboard church. The Economist, "Living free Waiting for Bernie in New Hampshire," 8 Feb. 2020 To sell the home, a distinctive property that later became the subject of a postcard, Mr. Aram’s mother negotiated with Mr. Sommer, a department store owner. Graham Bowley, New York Times, "The Mystery of the Painting in Gallery 634," 8 Feb. 2020 For decades, the collector William Beekman acquired things related to Woolf: letters, manuscripts, photographs, postcards, rare editions. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, "Holding Virginia Woolf in Your Hands," 29 Jan. 2020 The building had been transformed into New York City's Museum of Chinese in America in 1980, housing things such as letters, menus, postcards, traditional dresses and family albums dating back to the late 1800s. CBS News, "Massive fire destroys as many as 85,000 artifacts in historic Chinatown museum," 25 Jan. 2020 Promotional postcards, created by a freelance graphic artist, have been mailed. Matthew J. Palm,, "CFCArts Christmas extravaganza: 4 months of work for 3 nights of joy," 11 Dec. 2019 Then there was the special education classroom that needed an iPad, a woman in India who wanted a postcard from every country in the world, and the boy with a rare illness who wanted to see the Northern Lights. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "‘Dream-Maker’ Man Wants to Grant Wishes Through Social Media: 'I Do My Best for Everyone'," 15 Nov. 2019 Carmel Catholic High School has become a laboratory for a Lincolnshire man who uses a collection of letters, postcards, stamps and other documents from the Holocaust to educate people worldwide about the Nazi era murder Jews and others. Steve Sadin,, "Lincolnshire man brings his storied collection of Holocaust artifacts to Carmel Catholic High School classroom," 30 Sep. 2019 General admission costs $3, with early birds allowed at 8 a.m. for $15 to browse more than 60 dealer tables offering antique bottles, postcards, stoneware, glassware, fruit jars, insulators, advertising, and other collectibles., "North Calendar: What’s happening this week," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For a long time, everything still looks postcard-pretty. Darren Franich,, "A Hidden Life is the full Terrence Malick experience, vital even when it's glacial: Review," 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 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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