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[in-dish-ee-uh] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i ə/
plural noun, singular indicium.
a postal marking used rather than a stamp or a regular cancellation on each item in a large shipment of prepaid mail.
Often, indicium.
  1. a printed message or instruction, especially one stamped on a package: an indicium of “bulk mail.”.
  2. an indication or token.
Origin of indicia
1615-25; < Latin, plural of indicium indicium


[in-dish-ee-uh m] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i əm/
noun, plural indicia
[in-dish-ee-uh] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i ə/ (Show IPA),
indicia (def 2).
1615-25; < Latin: disclosure, sign, indication, equivalent to indic(āre) to make known (see indicate) + -ium -ium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indicia
  • Enemy testimony simply lacks one of the many possible indicia of unreliability.
  • Mailer counterfeits meter indicia or manipulates meters to avoid paying postage.
  • indicia printed on labels or tapes not stuck to wrappers or envelopes must be submitted loose.
  • The indicia are dispensed in the form of a digitally signed image.
  • indicia for zero postage must not be affixed to any item delivered by another carrier.
  • indicia generated by the system to show evidence of postage prepayment on the mail piece.
  • From this, it is clear that there is much overlap and commonality as to the indicia of professionalism here and elsewhere.
  • Any information may be considered, so long as it has sufficient indicia of reliability to support its probable accuracy.
British Dictionary definitions for indicia


plural noun (sing) -cium (-ʃɪəm)
distinguishing markings or signs; indications
Derived Forms
indicial, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, plural of indicium a notice, from index
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Word Origin and History for indicia

"indications," Latin plural of indicium "information, disclosure, discovery," from index (genitive indicis); see index.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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