Definition of postmark in US 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.

    ‘an envelope with a London postmark’
    • ‘They said that when dealing with the post people should be particularly wary of any unexpected packages with unusual postmarks or unusual packaging.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘If I had seen the phoney letters, with their Italian stamps and postmarks, I would have concluded that Donald was in Italy.’
    • ‘It had no postage (of course), no postmark and no postage due.’
    • ‘As can be perceived by the relatively good condition of the recent postmark, the letter received its rough treatment before the mailing.’
    • ‘Philately is the collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One day the correspondence began arriving from a postmark other than the usual Birmingham one - the postmark was now St Kitts, West Indies!’
    • ‘If Brian really is coming for me, it will be a week or more before he arrives, judging from the postmark on that letter.’
    • ‘This morning, 4 February, the postman delivered an airmail bank statement with postmarks.’
    • ‘We looked at the postmark on the letter and compared it to the news reports of Bill's death.’
    • ‘There was one letter there, but it had no postmarks, so it was from someone in the school.’
    • ‘I waited, cringing, for the next development; and there in the next post was a letter with the familiar postmark.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Old stamps with postmarks dating back about 100 years are on display.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    stamp, postmark, imprint, mark, official mark
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verb

[with object]usually be postmarked
  • Stamp (a letter or other postal package) officially with a postmark.

    with object and complement ‘the letter was postmarked New York’
    • ‘I am far more pleased to receive letters with stamps postmarked on them.’
    • ‘Along with the usual ads and bills was a letter addressed to her, postmarked New York.’
    • ‘The envelope was postmarked from Boston; I'd never even been to Boston.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Souvenir airmails were postmarked Shanghai in order to celebrate the event.’
    • ‘They have now received a plastic envelope containing six items of post which were postmarked September 8.’
    • ‘The letter was postmarked Guildford, by the way.’
    • ‘Some will accept a check and account application by mail as long as it's postmarked by April 15.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Liu could not say when the letter was postmarked, nor if it contained a sender's name.’
    • ‘Only once in the last two months has a letter arrived within a week of it being postmarked by Banglamung.’
    • ‘Applications and supporting documents must be sent via the US postal service and postmarked no later than the deadline.’
    • ‘They were signed by someone named Charles and were postmarked from the main post office in Manhattan.’
    • ‘Each entry must be mailed in a separately stamped envelope postmarked by November 30 and received by December 5.’
    • ‘Many of these issues are postmarked to order by the post office or sold in mint form and in whole sheets.’
    • ‘Mr Daschle's envelope was postmarked Trenton, New Jersey, the same as the envelope to Brokaw.’
    • ‘Mailed claims must be postmarked by November 1.’
    • ‘All mailed applications must be postmarked on or before that date.’
    • ‘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.’
    stamp, postmark, imprint, print, mark
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Pronunciation

postmark

/ˈpōs(t)märk//ˈpoʊs(t)mɑrk/