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

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Why not allow people not to think about those works just as postcards? Washington Post, "MoMA turns itself inside out for the 21st century," 5 Sep. 2019 Kenzo and photographer, David LaChappelle have created a series of edgy imagery that is seemlier to postcards sent from the futuristic vacation. James Love, Essence, "Kenzo Tabs Logan Browning and Selah Marley for its’ Fall-Winter 2019 Campaign.," 30 Aug. 2019 Lynch mobs mutilated bodies and collected body parts as souvenirs -- all while taking pictures of the corpses and sending them as postcards to friends. John Blake, CNN, "Why El Paso and other recent attacks in the US are modern-day lynchings," 17 Aug. 2019 Located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix, this collection includes tons of historic records from around Arizona like vintage postcards, historic maps and yearbooks from Phoenix-area high schools over the years. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "100 free things to do in metro Phoenix," 17 Aug. 2019 The co-worker, Lauren Seeley, created an image for t-shirts and postcards now available online., "Portland stripper, pastor form unusual alliance for immigrant children after ICE raid," 16 Aug. 2019 In the 1910s, postcards showing Texas Rangers mounted on horses with dead Mexican Texas on the ground were sold as souvenirs. Yolanda Leyva, Time, "The El Paso Shooting Is a Reminder of an Ugly Side of Texas History," 8 Aug. 2019 The group's dozens of Texas chapters organized a postcard-writing campaign to urge the board to either display the plaque again or give it back, Texas Division President Dorothy Norred said. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Confederate group lobbies GOP leaders to put plaque back in Texas Capitol," 26 July 2019 Dusk is the best time to dine here, when the window shades are lifted to reveal a postcard view of the Olympics and beyond. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Upscale Dining Deals: Dinner for 2 and a bottle of wine for $45 at the Four Seasons," 26 Mar. 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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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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