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 postscript with the hobbits is still dull, but everything else in this still knocks you over. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Oscar Best Picture Winner, Ranked," 26 Apr. 2021 All of this feeds the notion that Utah’s backcourt will be alright if Jones is out for more extended time, but taking that a step further, if Jones’ season is done, writing the postscript for it isn’t going to be so simple. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Rylan Jones is hurt again, while the rest of Utah’s backcourt thrives. What does the future hold?," 2 Mar. 2021 Elaine May’s seedy 1976 crime flick is a type of ending in itself, acting as a sobering postscript to the macho heist and mafia movies of the decade. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 Allen denies all of these incidents, according to a postscript in the episode. Tyler Aquilina,, "What we learned from the Allen v. Farrow docuseries premiere: 'He was always hunting me'," 22 Feb. 2021 The speech was a fitting postscript for a year that brought not just the Covid-19 pandemic, but also a pummeling of catastrophes worldwide, many related to climatechange. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Warm Week Followed By Colder Temps," 10 Jan. 2021 Any coaching from Saban will have to come in postscript form. Michael Casagrande |, al, "How Nick Saban will watch the Iron Bowl from home," 26 Nov. 2020 Postscript Apologies in advance for the length of this postscript. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets turn choppy as investors weigh the threat of a second wave," 22 June 2020 The film was sweet but weirdly frictionless—a postscript to a history of struggle that wasn’t over for everyone, a breezy teen romance framed as a profile in courage. Judy Berman, Time, "Hulu's Love Victor Could Be Great If It Prioritized Substance Over Schmaltz," 11 June 2020

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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 9 May. 2021.

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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 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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