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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LOL Observation Buy stamps at the main post office, a Baroque landmark, on the Paseo, and load up on postcards of your favorite works from some of the museums to reinforce your art-history lesson. William Sertl, WSJ, "Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities," 16 Jan. 2019 The July 7-8 flea market focuses on postcards and paper products. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Grayslake antique market doubles in size for summer," 25 June 2018 As an homage to Babenzien and his support, 6397 has hung a collage of postcards from its Noah pop-up at the back of the shop. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "6397’s First Store Embraces Community and a DIY Spirit," 6 Dec. 2018 WEDNESDAY Postcard writing: Indivisible Marin hosts an event to write postcards to Democratic and undeclared voters in flippable California congressional districts., "Bay Area political events: Resistance training, lawmakers meet with public," 13 July 2018 The use of postcards containing specific codes will be required for advertising that mentions specific candidates running for federal office, said Katie Harbath, Facebook’s global director of policy programs. Washington Post, "Facebook will verify IDs by mail for ads," 6 Mar. 2018 The Helms campaign had sent more than 120,000 postcards targeted at mostly African-American voters aiming at intimidating and preventing them from going to the polls. Li Zhou, Vox, "Republican Sen. Tim Scott sinks Trump judicial nominee tied to voter suppression efforts," 29 Nov. 2018 The Duke of Cambridge reportedly sent thank you postcards to the well-wishers who greeted him for his 36th birthday on June 21, Hello! reports, and the photo on the card is quite easy on the eyes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Sent a Low-Key Hot Photo of Himself to Fans Who Wished Him Happy Birthday," 6 Nov. 2018 Under AP’s system, postcards are mailed to a random sample of registered voters in 25 states, inviting them to take a survey either online or by phone. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Understanding the vote: New AP survey debuts Nov. 6," 5 Nov. 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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