Definition of ZIP code in English:

ZIP code

(also ZIP code)


  • A postal code consisting of five or nine digits.

    • ‘They don't look at the form that they're creating to consider that once the computer knows a zip code, the user shouldn't have to type in a city and state.’
    • ‘It arrived in a yellow envelope with your address scrawled across the front, plastered with Air Mail stickers and stamped with the zip code of New York City.’
    • ‘Just type in your zip code, personalize and customize the prewritten message, and email or print and mail it to legislators.’
    • ‘By typing her zip code into the database, she instantly came up with a list of dance studios in her neighborhood.’
    • ‘The town is now so small that the U.S. Postal Service is taking away its zip code.’
    • ‘And I kept telling people my ZIP code is Austin, Texas.’
    • ‘Entering a zip code will return a list of destinations with recommendations for accommodations, dining and attractions.’
    • ‘We exchanged information, and I think it's a sign of my disorientation that I got her zip code, but not the license plate number.’
    • ‘It was an independent city with the city, of 55 000 people at peak time, a district with its own zip code.’
    • ‘Enter your zip code to find out who's running for offices on your ballot and where the candidates stand on issues.’
    • ‘Plug your zip code into a financial calculator and get the most current demographic, income, employment, and real estate figures.’
    • ‘And when you get there, you enter your zip code and you'll get a list of places close by where those shots are being given and where they have the vaccine.’
    • ‘No matter where the guy is, the computer should figure out town, state, and abbreviation from the zip code, but that's another matter.’
    • ‘Type in your zip code, and it will give you a list of non-corporate coffee shops that are near by, and some written reviews of these sites.’
    • ‘A brief postcard introducing the goals and impending arrival of the survey was mailed to the 2743 members of the mailing list in the target ZIP code.’
    • ‘Then go to the Geocaching site, type in your zip code, and you'll see a list of places where treasure is buried.’
    • ‘And also, people are allowed to stay within a certain zip code but not move outside of that.’
    • ‘The post office designated a special ZIP code for the Astrodome: 77230.’
    • ‘Because database creation is now part of the purchasing transaction, refusal to give a zip code is a deliberate act of resistance.’
    • ‘For instance, a parent who works from home may opt for parenting lists, computer lists and to receive mailings for someone in his or her ZIP code.’


1960s: Zip, acronym from zone improvement plan.


ZIP code

/ˈzɪp ˌkəʊd/