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 In August last year, most NHS trusts would still not allow partners to attend prenatal scans and as the months drew on, the rules women were subject to became something of a postcode lottery. Natasha Preskey,, 28 May 2021 Some provinces could afford it, others couldn’t, which ended up creating a postcode lottery for artists. Shain Shapiro, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 In Britain, health care access and health care outcomes are known to vary radically by postcode (the British term for the American zip code). John C. Goodman, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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,, 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of postcode

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postcode was in 1967

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“Postcode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of postcode

: 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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