\ 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

Census workers in 2010 reported that several zip codes had nobody living in them, though pharmacies in those areas received millions of pills. 1. Eric Heisig,, "Pharmacies across Ohio received large amounts of painkillers as opioid epidemic ramped up," 31 July 2019 The zip code also includes some neighborhoods just north of Interstate 10 in the Heights. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Mosquito tests positive for West Nile, found near Memorial Park, Buffalo Bayou," 20 June 2019 Ultimately, these two trips into old zip codes suggest there's some truth to the notion that building on the past is a way of enticing an audience -- and the media -- to give your show a look. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Brady Bunch' and 'BH90210' test the limits of nostalgia," 9 Sep. 2019 Researchers analyzed more than 7,800 survey responses, most of them from zip codes 55104, 55105, and 55116 in Wards 3 and 4 — Mac-Groveland, Highland Park, Hamline-Midway, St. Anthony Park. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "U of M consultants to St. Paul: The city in charge of plowing alleys? Don’t do it!," 21 Aug. 2019 To find the correct channel number for Pac-12 Oregon in your area, please visit and enter your zip code in the channel finder. oregonlive, "Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith says second-half offense not about play-calling, but details, route-running, and catching the ball," 10 Sep. 2019 Goodwill Industries of Central Florida officially opened its new job office in Pine Hills Thursday, targeting a zip code that has a poverty rate nearly twice the national average. Kate Santich,, "Goodwill targets Pine Hills for new job-connection center," 9 Aug. 2019 In 2016 the state collected $1bn from a single zip code in Palo Alto. The Economist, "Business, tax and regulationMany people are moving from California to Texas," 21 June 2019 Portland General Electric reports that 6,374 people in four zip codes lost power just before 10 a.m. on a day when temperatures are expected to climb in the 90s., "More than 6,000 lose power in Gresham," 25 July 2019

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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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