\ 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

To see if DirecTV Now offers your local broadcast networks and regional sports networks, enter your zip code at this link. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018 The house, listed at $695,000, combines classic tenets of Wright's design—radiant heating, natural materials, open-concept living—with the benefits of an urban zip code. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "You Can Live In A Frank Lloyd Wright Home For $695K," 16 Jan. 2019 To picture Monahan and Paolini anywhere else was sort of impossible; that space mirrored the low-key, vaguely bohemian vibe of their collections, and there was something charming about the un-fancy zip code. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Sea’s Beautiful New Store Will Change the Way You Shop on Canal Street—And It’s Here Just in Time for the Holidays," 21 Dec. 2018 The nearest first-tier JAP suburb, the unincorporated community of Holland, was only one zip code away. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 Would-be buyers can go to Magic Leap’s website and search for their zip code. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The Magic Leap One mixed reality headset is shipping today for $2,295," 8 Aug. 2018 In the 19145 zip code (Point Breeze and South Philadelphia neighborhoods west of Broad Street), deaths increased by nearly 43 percent from 2016 to 2017. Aubrey Whelan,, "The opioid overdose crisis is hitting all of Philadelphia, new data show," 20 June 2018 According to the official rules for the 7320 W. Taft St. location’s grand opening, residents of 75 zip codes near the establishment are welcome to camp out, and take their chances. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Kansas Chick-fil-A barring 'professional campers' from scoring free food for a year," 24 Aug. 2018 People wanted to know how a girl on a hot summer night in one of the richest zip codes in the country could end up in such a dangerous and desperate situation. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Looking Back at the Preppy Killer Case, 30 Years Later," 26 Aug. 2016

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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


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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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