\ ˈstamp How to pronounce stamp (audio) ; transitive sense 2a & intransitive sense 2 are also ˈstämp or ˈstȯmp\
stamped; stamping; stamps

Definition of stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pound or crush with a pestle or a heavy instrument
2a(1) : to strike or beat forcibly with the bottom of the foot
(2) : to bring down (the foot) forcibly
b : to extinguish or destroy by or as if by stamping with the foot usually used with outstamp out cancer
3a : impress, imprint stamp "paid" on the bill
b : to attach a stamp to
4 : to cut out, bend, or form with a stamp or die
5a : to provide with a distinctive character stamped with a dreary, institutionalized look— Bernard Taper
b : characterize stamped as honest women— W. M. Thackeray

intransitive verb

2 : to strike the foot forcibly or noisily downward



Definition of stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a device or instrument for stamping
2 : the impression or mark made by stamping or imprinting
3a : a distinctive character, indication, or mark
b : a lasting imprint
4 : the act of stamping
5 : a stamped or printed paper affixed in evidence that a tax has been paid also : postage stamp

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from stamp


stampless adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for stamp

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of stamp in a Sentence

Verb He stamped his foot in anger. He stamped out of the room. She stamped the bill “paid.” Noun There was a stamp on the letter showing the date when it was received. a stamp left in the mud by some prehistoric beast
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bayern had started the match on the front foot, but once Boateng was sent off, Frankfurt well and truly stamped their authority down on their opposition and dominated the whole of the game., "Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Bayern Fall to Stunning Loss," 2 Nov. 2019 Demonstrators stamp on Lebron James jerseys during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. John Leicester, San Diego Union-Tribune, "LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters," 15 Oct. 2019 The methodology was not permitted under state rules, but energy department managers simply rubber-stamped the submissions without doing due diligence to determine if the costs were valid. oregonlive, "Oregon wraps up prosecution of Martin Shain, accepting $500K settlement in civil case for solar fraud," 12 Oct. 2019 Since its 2017 founding, 11 Honoré has stamped a place for itself amongst luxury vendors and fashion houses, bringing size-inclusivity into the sartorial limelight. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "11 Honoré to Launch Plus-Sized Diane von Furstenberg Dresses," 1 Oct. 2019 Aside from the Fort Wayne assembly plant, GM has a metal center in Marion, where workers produce stamped metal parts, blanks and sheet metal for GM assembly plants throughout North America. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "How the UAW strike against GM affects Indiana," 16 Sep. 2019 Arsène Tungali, who runs a translation business in Goma, Congo, regularly drove to the border and waited for an hour to get his papers stamped, before heading to a Rwandan restaurant to set up a temporary office for the day. New York Times, "Life in an Internet Shutdown: Crossing Borders for Email and Contraband SIM Cards," 2 Sep. 2019 Once a message was selected, the harried vendors would stamp holes into the metal and permanently affix it to the wood, each letter charmingly askew. Beth Spotswood,, "The charm of TreasureFest is the characters you’ll meet," 31 July 2019 Last year, Volkswagen’s massive plant in Wolfsburg, Germany—the largest in the world—stamped out about 3,500 Golfs and Tiguans a day. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides," 27 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brown is probably not likely to win many parental stamps of approval. John Adamian,, "Older and wiser Danny Brown playing at Toad’s Place," 8 Nov. 2019 The only difference is the postseason stamp that is placed on the ball. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Colorado’s “train wreck” pitching, hot stove updates, juiced baseballs and more," 6 Nov. 2019 Earning four or more stamps enters your name to win more than $250 in gift cards. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Pizza Week returns. Here's your guide to enjoying $8 pizza all week long," 6 Nov. 2019 The new Memorial location at 10201 Katy Freeway is a bright new buildout for Goode’s approach to casual Gulf Coast fare that proudly wears a southeast Texas stamp. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New Goode Co. Seafood opens on Katy Freeway," 5 Nov. 2019 The stamps were used to color in the mural, paint-by-numbers style, Elder said. Mary Wisniewski,, "Meet the cowboy hat-wearing Catholic brother who creates the murals under the Fullerton 'L' stop," 4 Nov. 2019 Getting a passport stamp for a new destination is only a piece of what makes exploring the world such a memorable experience. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "16 Times Jetsetters Went Wild For Giraffe Manor," 29 Oct. 2019 The United States Postal Service has unveiled several new Forever stamps that will be issued in 2020. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Journalist Gwen Ifill to be memorialized with USPS Forever stamp," 22 Oct. 2019 In 1998, the Indian government released a stamp in Savitribai’s honour. Neha J Hiranandani, Quartz India, "Three female role models for young Indians: an educationist, a writer, and a cleanliness crusader," 16 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stamp.' 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 stamp


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stamp


Middle English; akin to Old High German stampfōn to stamp and perhaps to Greek stembein to shake up

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stamp

Time Traveler for stamp

Time Traveler

The first known use of stamp was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for stamp

Last Updated

12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Stamp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stamp


How to pronounce stamp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bring (your foot) down heavily and noisily
: to walk heavily and noisily
: to use a special device (called a stamp) to put a design, word, etc., on something : to create a mark by pressing a special tool against a surface



English Language Learners Definition of stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small piece of paper that you buy and then stick to an envelope or package to pay the cost of mailing it
: a small piece of paper that is attached to something and that shows that a tax or fee has been paid
: a device or tool that is used to mark something (such as a piece of paper) with a design, pattern, word, etc., by being pushed against a surface : a device or tool used for stamping something


\ ˈstamp How to pronounce stamp (audio) \
stamped; stamping

Kids Definition of stamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bring the foot down hard and with noise They all laughed and stamped and clapped their hands …— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
2 : to put an end to by or as if by hitting with the bottom of the foot We stamped out the fire. The mayor promised to stamp out crime.
3 : to mark or cut out with a tool or device having a design The bill was stamped paid. The mint stamps coins.
4 : to attach a postage stamp to
5 : characterize sense 1 Their acts stamped them as cowards.



Kids Definition of stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a small piece of paper or a mark attached to something to show that a tax or fee has been paid a postage stamp
2 : a device or instrument for marking with a design
3 : the mark made by stamping
4 : a sign of a special quality the stamp of genius She gave the idea her stamp of approval.
5 : the act of bringing the foot down hard



Legal Definition of stamp

: an official mark or seal set on something (as a deed) chargeable with a government or state duty or tax or on papers requiring execution under certain conditions to signify that the duty or tax has been paid or the condition fulfilled especially : revenue stamp

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stamp

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for stamp

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stamp

Spanish Central: Translation of stamp

Nglish: Translation of stamp for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of stamp for Arabic Speakers

Comments on stamp

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


not agreeing with established beliefs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

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!