post·​script ˈpōs(t)-ˌskript How to pronounce postscript (audio)
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postscript was in 1551

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“Postscript.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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post·​script ˈpō(s)-ˌskript How to pronounce postscript (audio)
: a note or series of notes added at the end of a letter, article, or book

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