zip code

1 of 2


variants or less commonly ZIP code
plural zip codes also ZIP codes
: a number that identifies a particular postal delivery area in the U.S.
: the geographic area identified by a zip code


2 of 2


zip-coded; zip-coding; zip-codes

transitive verb

: to furnish with a zip code

Examples of zip code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
When looking more generally at the same ZIP code as the concert venue, restaurant sales skyrocketed a whopping 205 percent. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 Several other affordable ZIP codes posted steep price declines during 2023. Catherine Reagor, The Arizona Republic, 27 Jan. 2024 To determine the priciest zip codes, took the highest median home list price in October for every zip code in the nation, excluding areas with fewer than 25 listings. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2024 Every student, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to quality education. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Lutherville and the surrounding ZIP codes are very dense. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2024 Queens residents in four specific zip codes are also eligible for a 15% ticket discount. Spin Staff, SPIN, 16 Jan. 2024 Here's how the process in Nashville works: Packages come in by truck and by plane and work their way through 155 miles of conveyor belt, get sorted by zip code and then loaded into giant shipping containers. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 15 Dec. 2023 Here, buyers will find the most affordable zip code in the nation in Fargo, which boasts a median home price of just $439,900. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2024
Socioeconomic status is one factor that can limit a child’s access to the arts, but things like race and zip-code can play a role as well. Michelle Aslam, Dallas News, 10 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History



zone improvement plan

First Known Use


1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zip code was in 1962

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“Zip code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

zip code

: a number that identifies each postal delivery area in the U.S.

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