zip code

noun
variants: or less commonly ZIP code
plural zip codes also ZIP codes

Definition of zip code

 (Entry 1 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

zip-code

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

Definition of zip-code (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish with a zip code

Examples of zip code in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More information, such as age, date of birth, zodiac sign (which users can opt to share on Tinder and would help narrow down one's birth month) and zip code, will help surface more accurate results. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 To opt in, enter your address and zip code in the promo code section during the online checkout process. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 Online consumers can search Ford dealership used car inventory by car brand, model and price as well as zip code. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2022 Last year marked the first year no zip code in the city made it to the top ten, with the Big Apple falling even further down the list this year. Anna Bahney, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 During that same time period the year prior, only about 10 percent of patients had a Texas zip code. ELLE, 21 Mar. 2022 But the site requires a donor to supply a zip code when making a credit card transaction to guard against fraud, Wells said, thereby revealing the locations of nearly all U.S. contributors. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 In the second episode of Peacock’s Bel-Air, the show’s main character, a fish out of water in a ritzy Los Angeles zip code after growing up on hardscrabble streets back east, is having a crisis of identity. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 In fact, Willis and Kessler share more than a zip code. Gordon Wright, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of zip code

Noun

1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zip code

Noun

zone improvement plan

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The first known use of zip code was in 1962

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Last Updated

25 May 2022

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“Zip code.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zip%20code. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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zip code

noun

Kids Definition of zip code

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

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