\ ˈzip-ˌkōd How to pronounce zip-code (audio) \
zip-coded; zip-coding; zip-codes

Definition of zip-code

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish with a zip code

zip code

noun, often capitalized Z&I&P

Definition of zip code (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a number that identifies a particular postal delivery area in the U.S.
2 : the geographic area identified by a zip code

Examples of zip-code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The league should have several checks in the mail arriving from a San Antonio zip code. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills, Rudy Gay fined in dust-up," 21 Apr. 2021 Washington:After weeks of neighbors advocating, D.C. is adding a Ward 6 zip code to the vaccine priority list this week, according to council member Charles Allen, WUSA-TV reported. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 scams, Big Easy buzz, nurses protest: News from around our 50 states," 12 Mar. 2021 Employees analyzed the density of Prime members per zip code to help determine where to put stores, according to a person involved in the planning. Fortune, "Amazon Fresh’s plan to dominate groceries is coming to a vacant retail storefront near you," 11 Mar. 2021 In Britain, health care access and health care outcomes are known to vary radically by postcode (the British term for the American zip code). John C. Goodman, Forbes, "Who Is Getting the Vaccine? Who Isn’t? And Why?," 3 Mar. 2021 The vaccination site is located in a zip code where people have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, "Vaccine clinic opens in hard hit East San Jose, bringing relief, tears," 24 Feb. 2021 See New York's detailed list of prerequisites for the vaccine here, as well as a full list of providers by zip code here. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "How to Sign Up for a COVID-19 Vaccine in All 50 States," 11 Feb. 2021 To find information about native plants in your area, contact your state native plant society or search by your zip code on the National Wildlife Foundation's Native plant finder or at the Audobon Society. Phaedra Singelis, ABC News, "Here's how you can help save bees and other pollinators," 3 Apr. 2021 Gradually spreading across the country, first informally and finally through state constitutions, school districts essentially forced the majority of students to remain in the public school to which they were assigned by virtue of their zip code. Robert Maranto, National Review, "Bureaucracy Has Conquered Schools. Joe Biden Won’t Fix It," 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of zip-code


1964, in the meaning defined above


1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zip-code


zone improvement plan

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“Zip-code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of zip code

US : a group of numbers that is used in the U.S. as part of an address to identify a mail delivery area (such as a town or a part of a city)

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Kids Definition of zip code

: a number that identifies each postal delivery area in the United States

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