Definition of franking in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of franking a letter or parcel.

    [as modifier] ‘a franking machine’
    • ‘Unbeknown to me, Jonathan swiped my franking machine to send out magazines.’
    • ‘Think of a franking machine endlessly stamping out identical copies and you'll get the idea.’
    • ‘Is there anyone out there who would maybe donate a couple of second class stamps, or any company who would run some appeal letters through their franking machines.’
    • ‘This is a certified course in office work including office management, using fax machines and photocopiers, franking letters, office finances and telephone receptionist skills.’
    • ‘He suggests businesses use other Royal Mail services, such as franking machines or pre-printed mail contracts.’
    • ‘Furthermore, many potential senders of medical correspondence may not have franking machines or stamps to put on envelopes to enable the prison to ascertain the veracity of the sender.’
    • ‘I wonder why the post office always urges us, the public, to use postcodes, as the franking machines are geared to do, when they are so often ignored?’
    • ‘The court was told that certain rights of free postage the senator had as a member of the Oireachtas would not be affected by the franking machine arrangement.’
    • ‘Stamps - why don't some mail boxes have franking machines (this personal annoyance is somewhat overcome in the US where you can actually get stamps out of an ATM).’
    • ‘The eleventh expedition designated one of its staff to be in charge of stamps and a franking stamp.’
    • ‘French law had discriminated against imported postal franking machines.’
    • ‘Customers who wish to use their franking machine to add the return address should consult their machine supplier - Royal Mail have issued guidelines to suppliers.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]An official mark or signature on a letter or parcel to indicate that postage has been paid or does not need to be paid.
      ‘the postcards appear complete with franking’
      [count noun] ‘covers with rare frankings’
      • ‘Covers with mixed UAE and Sharjah frankings are known.’
      • ‘Overweight letters had to be prepaid in cash, hence multiple frankings are especially rare.’
      • ‘Equally rare are mixed frankings with the ‘Reichspost’ stamp after I January 1900; they were possible until 31 May 1900.’
      • ‘The little color such frankings add to a collection of whites, reds and oranges make for a positive change.’
      • ‘Most agents will have a return address or a franking mark, and thus they will get equally bombarded.’
      • ‘Only 23 frankings are recorded with a 10 centesimi revenue stamp and only 7 with a sole 10 centesimi.’
      • ‘A magnificent GB rarity, probably the finest of the three recorded late fee combination frankings, accompanied by a 1995 RPS certificate.’
      • ‘Mixed frankings are avidly sought; they were later also possible with the Landscapes series stamps.’
      • ‘Very wide scope of types, many have colorful pictorial frankings and the topical content is desirable throughout.’
      • ‘Franking statistics software enables you to analyse all frankings by period, by cost-centre, by postal category, by destination and by additional mail services.’
      • ‘This ten-frame exhibit shows used examples of 31 basic varieties, destinations, production varieties, postmarks, frankings and cancels.’
      • ‘Three covers, two used in 1932 and one in 1933, two to Brazil and one to Argentina, quite colorful frankings and cachets, fresh and Very Fine E.1,000-1,500 422 Lebanon Zeppelin Flight.’