post·​script | \ˈpōs(t)-ˌskript \

Definition of postscript 

: a note or series of notes appended to a completed letter, article, or book

Examples of postscript in a Sentence

In a postscript to her letter, she promised to write again soon. An interesting postscript to the story is that the two people involved later got married.

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Booked and routed by UTA's Cheryl Paglierani, this week's sold-out back-to-back concerts at the Bowl made for an interesting postscript for a relationship that started as a chance run-in at SXSW in 2015. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Spotlight: Post Malone's Agent, Cheryl Paglierani of UTA, On Developing a Genre-Crossing Headliner 'From the Ground Up'," 29 June 2018 The mudslides mark the cruel postscript to the Thomas Fire, which burned for much of December to become the largest wildfire by area in California history. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like a WWI battlefield’: Death toll rises as mudslides wipe away homes in fire-ravaged Southern California," 11 Jan. 2018 The postscript to this story, of course, is the inevitable return to real life. Annabelle Dunne, Vogue, "I Took 30 Days Off From My Job, Family, and Cell Phone—Here’s What Happened," 17 June 2018 As a postscript to his report, Rosen raised concerns that Labaton’s and Thornton’s way of generating business may be common in the industry. Andrea Estes,, "Investigation alleges misconduct by Thornton Law Firm, recommends severe sanctions," 29 June 2018 And then there’s this postscript, shared last week by former Browns GM Phil Savage: In 2007, holding the No. Peter King,, "For the Browns, the 29th Time’s the Charm?," 3 May 2018 In a cruel postscript, Dilfer was cast off after the season as Baltimore sought an upgrade under center. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking best NFL backup QBs to guide teams to Super Bowl," 26 Jan. 2018 In an important postscript, three retirements were announced: associate principal flute David Cramer, associate principal percussionist Anthony Orlando, and principal oboist Richard Woodhams. David Patrick Stearns,, "Yannick and Grimaud connect like soul mates in Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No. 4'," 18 May 2018 In a postscript, the spokeswoman claimed that British defense researchers had spent decades testing nerve agents on 3,400 guinea pigs. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Russia claims a poisoned spy’s dead cat and guinea pigs hold clues to British conspiracy," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of postscript

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for postscript

New Latin postscriptum, from Latin, neuter of postscriptus, past participle of postscribere to write after, from post- + scribere to write — more at scribe

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English Language Learners Definition of postscript

: a note or series of notes added at the end of a letter, article, or book

: an additional fact or piece of information about a story that occurs after the main part


post·​script | \ˈpōst-ˌskript \

Kids Definition of postscript

: a note added at the end of a letter, article, or book

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