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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You type in your postcode and the site will create a form letter addressed to your MP, on to which you scribble your thoughts.’
    • ‘Companies therefore go to great lengths to ensure that people disclose their postcode.’
    • ‘The review will not affect postal addresses, postcodes or the catchment area of schools.’
    • ‘Six of the borough's 39 post offices have been shut or scheduled for closure, while Wandsworth postcodes came bottom for mail delivery times.’
    • ‘Using the postcode at birth we identified subjects living within 1 km of a transmission line.’
    • ‘The changes will not affect addresses or postcodes, but are for voting purposes only.’
    • ‘Ask me what someone was wearing last night, yes but addresses and postcodes, Pah!’
    • ‘We will be putting postcodes on young people's phones so they are easier to trace if they are stolen.’
    • ‘They go beyond identifying particular postcodes and streets and actually colour-code individual houses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They will only be available to people with a Burnley postcode until the end of next week when they will go on general sale.’
    • ‘The company identified 25 property postcodes that have ‘overheated’ in the past few years and now faced a ten per cent drop.’
    • ‘A council spokesman said: ‘All forms were posted in September last year and we checked to make sure addressees and postcodes matched.’’
    • ‘We could not adjust for deprivation as the ethical considerations meant that we were not allowed to extract strong patient identifiers, such as postcodes.’
    • ‘The recorded message then asks people to enter a postcode and house number, when they learn they have not won.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On poster sites throughout Glasgow are black billboards writ large with addresses and postcodes.’
    • ‘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?’
    1. 1.1 An area denoted by a particular postcode.
      ‘buoyant house prices in the capital's smarter postcodes are attributed to city bonuses’
      • ‘A 77-year-old woman driving a Fiat Brava at a low-risk postcode would be charged 186.90 for insurance.’
      • ‘The song is so loud you'll find people from different postcodes complaining that you should turn it down.’
      • ‘The East End Academy invites artists living and working in any London postcode beginning with an E to submit their work.’
      • ‘What if admissions officers find that not enough schoolchildren with 'potential' apply from the right postcodes?’
      • ‘There's a new dinner party game doing the rounds in the nation's smarter postcodes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 company was not able to commit to providing any more jobs in these postcodes or in our part of London.’
      • ‘Saltash in Cornwall has been identified as Britain's most desirable postcode because of its stable house prices and good schools, according to researchers.’