\ˈzip-ˌkōd \
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 place to start when looking for a plan is, which will ask you to input your zip code. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Heads Up: You Can Still Sign Up for Obamacare and Open Enrollment Is Going On Right Now," 14 Nov. 2018 Head over to BuzzFeed’s landing page and enter your zip code to claim your promo code. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Everything you need to know to get out and vote," 5 Nov. 2018 Enter: This interactive map that allows people to search for sites based on their zip code. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Map Reveals If You Live Near a Hazardous Waste Site," 18 Nov. 2015 There are websites where typing in a zip code shows the average life expectancy. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban planners can promote health and wellness," 25 July 2018 Mistakes that can be made on paper forms — missing a number on a zip code, skipping a field — can’t happen with the online form. Jonathan Lai,, "Online voter registration in Pa., three years in: More than 1 in 5 voters register online," 12 July 2018 In six months, the pantry may expand to two days a week and serve those living in a second zip code, according to information submitted to the city. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New food pantry opening at Salvation Army believed to be Greenfield's first," 2 July 2018 The 10th district, home to some of the wealthiest counties and zip codes in the country, is a quintessential suburban district where a broad consensus has developed for measures like universal background checks. Washington Post, "Race to take on Comstock focuses on resume, not ideology," 1 June 2018 Data collection will be centered on NikePlus app users living within five zip codes near the new store, said Sean Madden, senior director of product for Nike Retail. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Can you 'crowdsource' a store? Nike is about to find out," 12 July 2018

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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

: 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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