Definition of postmark in English:

postmark

noun

  • An official mark stamped on a letter or other postal package, giving the place, date, and time of posting, and serving to cancel the postage stamp.

    ‘the package had a York postmark’
    • ‘There was one letter there, but it had no postmarks, so it was from someone in the school.’
    • ‘We looked at the postmark on the letter and compared it to the news reports of Bill's death.’
    • ‘Some collectors, for example, look for stamps with rare postmarks, such as those from Yukon post offices that sprung up during the Gold Rush and closed down soon after.’
    • ‘We eagerly await the first letter that comes to us with a Spanish postmark!’
    • ‘As can be perceived by the relatively good condition of the recent postmark, the letter received its rough treatment before the mailing.’
    • ‘It had no postage (of course), no postmark and no postage due.’
    • ‘Philately is the collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials.’
    • ‘If I had seen the phoney letters, with their Italian stamps and postmarks, I would have concluded that Donald was in Italy.’
    • ‘I waited, cringing, for the next development; and there in the next post was a letter with the familiar postmark.’
    • ‘It must be difficult, whatever the evidence, to disbelieve in the existence of somebody who has sent you real letters with real stamps on them and real postmarks.’
    • ‘Because of its colour, it was sometimes difficult to detect the postmark and so many people tried to reuse used Penny Blacks that it was quickly replaced by the Penny Red.’
    • ‘Her letters would be in my hands four days after the date on the postmark.’
    • ‘The FBI recommends that you check the postmark on any package you were not expecting to see if it is from a foreign country.’
    • ‘If Brian really is coming for me, it will be a week or more before he arrives, judging from the postmark on that letter.’
    • ‘Old stamps with postmarks dating back about 100 years are on display.’
    • ‘This morning, 4 February, the postman delivered an airmail bank statement with postmarks.’
    • ‘Well, apparently, the attorney general has said that, and as long as there is a signature and a date on them without the postmark, they will allow it.’
    • ‘Ah yes, of course, the postmark on that letter proves that the suspect was in Seattle at the time of the murder, therefore, it must be his evil twin who did the killing.’
    • ‘One day the correspondence began arriving from a postmark other than the usual Birmingham one - the postmark was now St Kitts, West Indies!’
    • ‘They said that when dealing with the post people should be particularly wary of any unexpected packages with unusual postmarks or unusual packaging.’
    stamp, postmark, imprint, mark, official mark
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verb

[with object]
  • Stamp (a postal package) with a postmark.

    with object and complement ‘the letter was postmarked New York’
    • ‘Liu could not say when the letter was postmarked, nor if it contained a sender's name.’
    • ‘Some will accept a check and account application by mail as long as it's postmarked by April 15.’
    • ‘Each entry must be mailed in a separately stamped envelope postmarked by November 30 and received by December 5.’
    • ‘Mailed claims must be postmarked by November 1.’
    • ‘The first note was postmarked after I had been walking her home nearly every day for weeks, and I haven't really been keeping the company of any other girls.’
    • ‘The envelope was postmarked from Boston; I'd never even been to Boston.’
    • ‘Please complete and mail your entry early; you'll pay double fees if your entry is postmarked after May 23 or if you sign up at the competitors' weigh-in/check-in.’
    • ‘Souvenir airmails were postmarked Shanghai in order to celebrate the event.’
    • ‘Dingle paid particular attention to letters that were postmarked from a town near the Center or those that said the sender was on his or her way to the Center.’
    • ‘Many of these issues are postmarked to order by the post office or sold in mint form and in whole sheets.’
    • ‘Only once in the last two months has a letter arrived within a week of it being postmarked by Banglamung.’
    • ‘For example, the article noted that 17 percent of military overseas ballots from Florida voters arrived without postmarks, despite military regulations that require all mail to be postmarked.’
    • ‘They have now received a plastic envelope containing six items of post which were postmarked September 8.’
    • ‘Along with the usual ads and bills was a letter addressed to her, postmarked New York.’
    • ‘They were signed by someone named Charles and were postmarked from the main post office in Manhattan.’
    • ‘I am far more pleased to receive letters with stamps postmarked on them.’
    • ‘All mailed applications must be postmarked on or before that date.’
    • ‘Applications and supporting documents must be sent via the US postal service and postmarked no later than the deadline.’
    • ‘The letter was postmarked Guildford, by the way.’
    • ‘Mr Daschle's envelope was postmarked Trenton, New Jersey, the same as the envelope to Brokaw.’
    stamp, postmark, imprint, print, mark
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Pronunciation

postmark

/ˈpəʊs(t)mɑːk/