\ 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 Type in your zip code or state in the food bank finder to find a location near you. Lauren Lee, CNN, "54 million Americans are going hungry. Here's how you can make sure you eat," 24 Oct. 2020 For those wanting to see cases by zip code, click here. Marc Bona, cleveland, "World leader tests positive, country singer dies, Giants coach out, vaccinations start - coronavirus timeline Dec. 12-18," 19 Dec. 2020 Patients can search for their hospital by name, city, state or zip code. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "How safe is your hospital? These states rank best and worst for care.," 15 Dec. 2020 Users can view the case breakdown by school, zip code, or trustee district. Dallas News, "Oak Cliff-area schools COVID-19 Updates," 6 Nov. 2020 Data on the coronavirus as of Oct. 27 from Harris County Public Health can be viewed by zip code. Savannah Mehrtens, Chron, "Active coronavirus cases decline slightly among Humble ISD students, staff," 27 Oct. 2020 Only San Jose's 95129 zip code is not a second-home market. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Second-home prices soar in Aspen and Martha’s Vineyard as the affluent flee megacities," 9 Aug. 2020 Secondly, enter your zip code at Joe Hand Promotions to find out which local establishment is showing the fight. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "How to watch the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia fight," 5 Dec. 2020 Enter your zip code when signing the pledge and the map will automatically update to show which regions have the most Save the Snow Day supporters. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Campbell's Soup has a new 'Snowbuddy' commercial and a crusade to 'Save the Snow Day' amid coronavirus," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of zip-code was in 1963

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“Zip-code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 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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