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post·​mark ˈpōs(t)-ˌmärk How to pronounce postmark (audio)
: an official postal marking on a piece of mail
specifically : a mark showing the post office and date of mailing


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postmarked; postmarking; postmarks

transitive verb

: to put a postmark on

Examples of postmark in a Sentence

Verb The package was postmarked 13 February.
Recent Examples on the Web
On its way to your home, your postcard will receive stamps and postmarks from around the world, which usually include the date. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 25 Oct. 2023 Some states require that the plan receive and process the deposit prior to year-end, while others just require a postmark. Brian Boswell, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Travelers will get to help with a variety of tasks, like emptying mailboxes and stamping letters with an Arctic Circle postmark. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Dec. 2023 Other tasks include stamping mail with a special Arctic Circle postmark, emptying mailboxes, and getting an inside look at all the daily operations. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 4 Dec. 2023 Each year the town's mailbox is flooded with Christmas cards waiting for that special Santa Claus postmark. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 Each of those letters and cards gets affixed with the town's Santa Claus postmark and is then sent along its way to make someone's holiday a little more special. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 Pick up some fudge, cookies, chocolates, and candies from the Sweet Shop, or to really impress friends and family back home, mail your letters, souvenirs, gifts, or holiday cards from here with a postmark from North Pole, Alaska. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2023 Trahan also learned that the home even still has postmarks from where the prior owners had installed a gate at one point. Lizzy Rosenberg, Peoplemag, 23 Sep. 2023
Essays must be submitted electronically by midnight on April 1 or postmarked by April 1. Frank Lee, Twin Cities, 15 Jan. 2024 All cards must be postmarked by March 5, which is Super Tuesday. Samantha-Jo Roth, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2024 All cards must be postmarked by March 5, a date when more than a dozen other states hold their primaries, otherwise known as Super Tuesday. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 12 Jan. 2024 The letter, which was postmarked on Wednesday, appeared to be related to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, said Dejon Ellis, Jr., the business manager of the union. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 25 Aug. 2023 Your request must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2024. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 18 Dec. 2023 The petitioner filed a petition in the Tax Court, but it was postmarked two days after the expiration of the 90-days permitted under § 6213. Timothy M. Todd, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The voter registration deadline was on Oct. 9, while mail-in registration applications had to be postmarked on or by Oct. 10. Mariama Jalloh, ABC News, 7 Nov. 2023 Under more expansive voting laws passed by Democrats, all absentee ballots postmarked by Tuesday and received by the local registrar’s office by noon Friday will be counted. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1678, in the meaning defined above


1716, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postmark was in 1678

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“Postmark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a mark canceling the postage stamp on a piece of mail and giving the date and place of sending
postmark verb

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