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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Other Words from postcard


postcardlike \ˈpōs(t)-​ˌkärd-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of postcard in a Sentence

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Both the birthday and wedding thank you's are similarly laid out on a postcard, but the front of the wedding thank you's features a wedding portrait of Harry and Meghan photographed by Alexi Lubomirski rather than a picture solely of Meghan. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Birthday Thank You Cards Have One Major Difference From Her Wedding Ones," 11 Sep. 2018 The Palace often sends postcards to well wishers who send letters to members of the royal family for special occasions. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George's Fans Got Adorable Thank You Cards After Wishing Him Happy Birthday," 11 Sep. 2018 These idyllic surroundings, a three-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney, serve as a postcard-perfect backdrop for Nusa Indah, the surfboard atelier McNeil founded in conjunction with a couple of expert craftsmen. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Nusa Indah’s Covetable Custom Surfboards Bring Art to the Ocean," 3 Aug. 2018 Here, the unassuming, postcard-sized portraits form a collective time capsule, a glimpse into an era when the twin threads of war and economic prosperity were reknitting American society into unrecognizable patterns. Allie Spensley, WSJ, "‘African American Portraits: Photographs From the 1940s and 1950s’ Review: Depictions Free From Bias," 21 July 2018 The company filed for a two-year exemption last month and sent postcards to Trump, Gov. Greg Abbott and other high-level officials explaining that company faced substantially higher import costs as a result of the steel tariffs. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Baytown steel plant denied steel tariff exemption," 12 July 2018 From the French Quarter's Pontalba Buildings to the Garden District's mansions, many of New Orleans' historic structures are well-loved, postcard-worthy spots that most people could identify on sight. Keith Marshall,, "If you build it: New guidebook tells the stories behind New Orleans architecture," 3 Apr. 2018 The 641 guinea pigs in the six-week test program were mailed postcards alerting them that county employees would be looking in their recycling bins on Thursdays, the subdivision’s usual collection day for recyclables. Stephen Hudak,, "Orange County peering into recycling bins to check for no-nos like greasy pizza boxes, plastic bags," 28 June 2018 Chopra delivered these postcards from around the country, along with the mural from the Oculus, to the children during her visit. Georgia Slater,, "Priyanka Chopra Visits Refugee Camp in Bangladesh," 6 June 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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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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