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 Collect three stickers, then drop off your postcard in the Main Street Wadsworth box at the Wadsworth Public library by Oct. 1. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "People open their hearts and wallets to help shoe repair shop: Whit & Whimsey," 4 Sep. 2020 The current cost of a postcard stamp is $0.35, according to the Postal Service. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Postmaster General Louis DeJoy: 'I'll submit that I know very little about postage stamps'," 24 Aug. 2020 Kits include hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes, soap, water, a trash bag, COVID-19 informational postcard, behavioral health informational post card, and a face covering. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Philanthropists deliver 100,000 meals to homeless during pandemic," 22 Aug. 2020 While stuck at home during France’s two-month lockdown, Van der Veen used the extra time to organize his numerous files and documents on Van Gogh, including digitizing images such as the old postcard from Auvers-sur-Oise. Fox News, "French site where Vincent Van Gogh created his last painting may have been revealed," 30 July 2020 The contour of the hotel, which just turned 25 years old, looks like a faded ‘70s postcard; its namesake rocks perched high above the Caribbean Sea with red ladders and curved stairs emerging from the water. Kate Donnelly, Travel + Leisure, "This Resort In Jamaica Is Like the Adult Summer Camp You’ve Always Wanted," 12 July 2020 As was the custom at the time, Shepherd sent out a promotional postcard to her friends and industry colleagues. Jason Sheeler,, "Sherri Shepherd Looks Back on Going from Friends Guest Role to Working for David Schwimmer’s Dad," 27 Aug. 2020 The cost of sending a postcard through the U.S. Postal Service. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Big banks flip the script – now it’s ‘Bitcoin, not blockchain’," 26 Aug. 2020 That photograph had then been reproduced in the form of a postcard. Namwali Serpell, Harper's Magazine, "The Work of Art," 18 Aug. 2020 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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17 Sep 2020

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“Postcard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 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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