post·​script | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌskript How to pronounce postscript (audio) \

Definition of postscript

: a note or series of notes appended to a completed letter, article, or book

Examples of postscript in a Sentence

In a postscript to her letter, she promised to write again soon. An interesting postscript to the story is that the two people involved later got married.
Recent Examples on the Web She was drawn in by the taboo of the act — the way it was recorded as a sort of postscript, dealt with most deftly by women authors. Mallika Rao, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 On Monday, September 13th, Drain presided over a little postscript hearing to rule on whether Purdue should be permitted to pay out some seven million dollars in bonuses to its executives. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 The most eloquent postscript came from another former star, the Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2021 As a postscript: Hopefully, the tone of this post will only reflect exasperation toward the company’s non-response here. Andy Meek, BGR, 26 July 2021 And through a consequent postscript that feels like an afterthought, Zeman and writing partner Lisa Schiller work overtime to sell a lesson about interconnectedness versus isolation in the age of technology. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 But Roadrunner, steeped in the jittery punk-rock style and verve of its famously omnivorous muse, registers as more than a requiem or a postscript. Leah Greenblatt,, 12 June 2021 In a postscript to the book, Gao describes his upbringing, motivation, and research methods. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 The postscript to this news, of course, is that the worst offenders in this industry are still going to get paid, one way or another. Andy Meek, BGR, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of postscript

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for postscript

New Latin postscriptum, from Latin, neuter of postscriptus, past participle of postscribere to write after, from post- + scribere to write — more at scribe

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“Postscript.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of postscript

: a note or series of notes added at the end of a letter, article, or book
: an additional fact or piece of information about a story that occurs after the main part


post·​script | \ ˈpōst-ˌskript How to pronounce postscript (audio) \

Kids Definition of postscript

: a note added at the end of a letter, article, or book

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