Definition of precancel in English:

precancel

(also precancell)

noun

US
  • A postage stamp that has been cancelled prior to being used on an item of mail, often to facilitate bulk mailing.

verb

US
  • 1with object Philately. To cancel (a postage stamp) by means of a frank ahead of its use, often to facilitate bulk mailing.

  • 2with object To cancel beforehand; to cancel giving prior notice.

Origin

Early 20th century. Apparently shortened from precancellation, probably originally as a graphic abbreviation<br>early 20th century; earliest use found in Conditions Use of Precanceled Postage Stamps. From pre- + cancel.

Pronunciation

precancel

/ˈpriːkansl/