post·​script | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌskript How to pronounce postscript (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The pair also added a humorous postscript in which the 37-year-old Crosby insisted that the 31-year-old O'Donnell sleep in his jersey. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2022 As the postscript says, the Duke remarried five weeks after his divorce was ruled. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 There is a postscript that should have been included in Friday’s story about the Lakers’ historic 33-game winning streak. Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2022 According to the table of contents, the memoir was to be divided into 8 chapters and a postscript. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 31 Mar. 2022 The postscript here is that, as this legal affair works its way toward an inevitable settlement, the conclusion will in fact be one more turning of the page that moves CNN into a new chapter for the network. Andy Meek, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The lessons being learned on this sprawling military base in Germany represent one more postscript to America’s tangled 20-year relationship with Afghanistan. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2021 Last week, another shocking incident just three blocks away offered a tragic postscript to the high-powered approach that police adopted after the bank shootout. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 At some point, the movie was going to end with a postscript that said Ruth had moved to California and become a successful real-estate broker. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Postscript.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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post·​script | \ ˈpōst-ˌskript How to pronounce postscript (audio) \

Kids Definition of postscript

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

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