Definition of first-day cover in English:

first-day cover

(also first day cover)

noun

  • An envelope bearing a stamp or stamps postmarked on their day of issue.

    • ‘There is a sense of holding a little piece of history in your hand when touching a South African first-day cover, signed by Mandela to mark his inauguration as president on May 10, 1994.’
    • ‘If it is true that stamps and first-day covers reflect the ethos of a country, symbolize what people hold close to their hearts, and are of inspirational value, then Jassi provides reason for introspection.’
    • ‘The one-dollar coin is in a neat first-day cover, with commemorative Norwegian stamps, postmarked on the anniversary day, 28 April, at Bygdøy, the location of the Kon-Tiki museum in Oslo.’
    • ‘Stamps, first-day covers and information sheets issued every month are sent by registered post in a colourful printed cover.’
    • ‘The exhibition is a display of unusual artistic form of applied graphics stamps, first-day covers, postcards and stamp designs.’

Pronunciation:

first-day cover

/ˈˌfərst ˌdeɪ ˈkəvər/