post·​code ˈpōs(t)-ˌkōd How to pronounce postcode (audio)
: a code (as of numbers and letters) used similarly to the zip code especially in the United Kingdom and Australia

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web None of the attacks occurred anywhere near the postcode that Mr. Adedeji had sent in the Telegram chat. Selam Gebrekidan, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2022 But the odds are long, even for the biggest club in London's most prestigious postcode. David Dawkins, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 My app provides a precise address for the AirTag’s location, complete with postcode (or zip code), as well as a time for when it was last located. Barry Collins, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Finally, each installation of the app was associated with one of 338 postcode districts. John Drake, Forbes, 21 May 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postcode was in 1967

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“Postcode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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