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

There’s an interesting postscript to McDonald’s story. oregonlive, "Bad blood, betrayal turns L.A. coach into Nike whistleblower," 7 Sep. 2019 In the postscript to the Stranger Things Season 3 finale, we are treated to a bittersweet voiceover of Hopper’s emotional letter to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who will ship out of town to live with the Byers in her new life without him. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "People Are Demanding Justice for the Major Stranger Things Character Who Met an Unfortunate Fate," 5 July 2019 The film's postscript suggests, by the footballer's standards, a journey has been taken in recent years. Thomas Page, CNN, "Sex, drugs and soccer: Diego Maradona film shines light on Napoli years," 12 June 2019 There is a fleeting moment in the last episode, barely a postscript, that reveals that the nonprofit The Innocence Project freed another man wrongfully imprisoned in Ada. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is the True-Crime Fever Breaking? Watching Netflix’s John Grisham Documentary The Innocent Man," 14 Dec. 2018 This article is based on dozens of interviews and fresh research since the beginning of 2018, a chapter-length postscript to my book Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press and The War Over the Truth. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'postscript.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about postscript

Statistics for postscript

Last Updated

11 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for postscript

The first known use of postscript was in 1551

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for postscript



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

More from Merriam-Webster on postscript

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with postscript

Spanish Central: Translation of postscript

Nglish: Translation of postscript for Spanish Speakers

Comments on postscript

What made you want to look up postscript? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to spread over or through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!