post·​code | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌkōd How to pronounce postcode (audio) \

Definition of postcode

: a code (as of numbers and letters) used similarly to the zip code especially in the United Kingdom and Australia

Examples of postcode in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peachey was one of the 30,000 people whose postcode came up in a random lottery to choose potential participants, and one of 1748 people who responded to the invitation. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, "Jury duty for global warming: citizen groups help solve the puzzle of climate action," 29 Oct. 2020 Potential diners simply plug their postcode (or zip code) into a government website for a list of participating pubs and restaurants, which is pretty much all of them in most areas. Chris Jones,, "Want to go out for dinner? How about if the government pays half your bill? In Britain, it does.," 13 Aug. 2020 Like other local authorities, this council did not until recently have postcode-level data on infections, which is essential for controlling outbreaks. Rachel Shabi, The New York Review of Books, "The Pro-Privatization Shock Therapy of the UK’s Covid Response," 8 July 2020 The app also uses Bluetooth tracing but doesn't ask for personal details aside from the first part of a person's postcode, though the data will be centrally housed. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Tracking apps were supposed to help beat the pandemic. What happened to them?," 5 June 2020 From undocumented minimum-wage workers in the world’s richest postcodes to job-seekers flooding into swelling metropolises, the urban poor often have limited access to health care, no medical insurance and no financial safety net. Archana Chaudhary,, "Social Distancing a Luxury That Workers on $2 a Day Can’t Afford," 15 May 2020 The strict laws also sent night owls into new areas outside the lockout precinct, effectively moving the problem to a new postcode. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Sydney," 19 Feb. 2020 There’s also a little Easter Egg in the nylon fine print: the postcode listed is that of the first IKEA store in Sweden. Vogue, "Virgil Abloh's New Home Collection For Ikea Is Functional—And Funny," 1 Oct. 2019 Enter their postcode into the citymapper app for directions. Ben Redshaw,, "Guest Morning Line: Cincinnati Bengals fan in London offers advice for visitors," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of postcode

1967, in the meaning defined above

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9 Nov 2020

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“Postcode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of postcode

British : a group of numbers and letters that is used especially in the United Kingdom and Australia as part of an address to identify a mail delivery area

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