Definition of postcode in English:



  • 1A group of numbers or letters and numbers which are added to a postal address to assist the sorting of mail.

    [as modifier] ‘postcode sectors’
    • ‘The changes will not affect addresses or postcodes, but are for voting purposes only.’
    • ‘The recorded message then asks people to enter a postcode and house number, when they learn they have not won.’
    • ‘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 company identified 25 property postcodes that have ‘overheated’ in the past few years and now faced a ten per cent drop.’
    • ‘You type in your postcode and the site will create a form letter addressed to your MP, on to which you scribble your thoughts.’
    • ‘You can check which postcodes are in areas covered by the ‘disadvantaged’ area rules on the Inland Revenue website - or call into any Inland Revenue enquiry office.’
    • ‘We could not adjust for deprivation as the ethical considerations meant that we were not allowed to extract strong patient identifiers, such as postcodes.’
    • ‘Ask me what someone was wearing last night, yes but addresses and postcodes, Pah!’
    • ‘On poster sites throughout Glasgow are black billboards writ large with addresses and postcodes.’
    • ‘The review will not affect postal addresses, postcodes or the catchment area of schools.’
    • ‘There was no accompanying letter and the postcode was missed off the address.’
    • ‘The erosion of the district's traditional identity began when postcodes were introduced, which slowly rendered the rural name of Cheam redundant.’
    • ‘Six of the borough's 39 post offices have been shut or scheduled for closure, while Wandsworth postcodes came bottom for mail delivery times.’
    • ‘Companies therefore go to great lengths to ensure that people disclose their postcode.’
    • ‘A council spokesman said: ‘All forms were posted in September last year and we checked to make sure addressees and postcodes matched.’’
    • ‘They will only be available to people with a Burnley postcode until the end of next week when they will go on general sale.’
    • ‘Using the postcode at birth we identified subjects living within 1 km of a transmission line.’
    • ‘We will be putting postcodes on young people's phones so they are easier to trace if they are stolen.’
    • ‘It means that some people with postcodes which are in a flood risk area but whose individual homes are not at such a high risk, will get lower premiums.’
    • ‘They go beyond identifying particular postcodes and streets and actually colour-code individual houses.’
    1. 1.1An area denoted by a particular postcode.
      ‘buoyant house prices in the capital's smarter postcodes are attributed to city bonuses’
      • ‘The East End Academy invites artists living and working in any London postcode beginning with an E to submit their work.’
      • ‘The vinyl record collection - about 1,500 albums and 12-inches, 1,000 seven-inches - was all boxed up and ready to go from one south London postcode to another.’
      • ‘The song is so loud you'll find people from different postcodes complaining that you should turn it down.’
      • ‘The pair have travelled the country to find the most sought-after and least desirable postcodes.’
      • ‘Homes on high land with a negligible risk of flooding may be turned down simply because they are in a high-risk postcode.’
      • ‘What if admissions officers find that not enough schoolchildren with 'potential' apply from the right postcodes?’
      • ‘Saltash in Cornwall has been identified as Britain's most desirable postcode because of its stable house prices and good schools, according to researchers.’
      • ‘The company was not able to commit to providing any more jobs in these postcodes or in our part of London.’
      • ‘There's a new dinner party game doing the rounds in the nation's smarter postcodes.’
      • ‘A 77-year-old woman driving a Fiat Brava at a low-risk postcode would be charged 186.90 for insurance.’