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 to this news, of course, is that the worst offenders in this industry are still going to get paid, one way or another. Andy Meek, BGR, 8 June 2021 That’s the postscript on the last page of Kareem Roustom’s Second Violin Concerto. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 10 May 2021 The numbers serve as a kind of postscript to data released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau, which showed that California grew 6.1 percent over the last decade. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 The postscript with the hobbits is still dull, but everything else in this still knocks you over. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 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, 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, 22 Feb. 2021 Allen denies all of these incidents, according to a postscript in the episode. Tyler Aquilina,, 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, 10 Jan. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Postscript.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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