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[poh-stij] /ˈpoʊ stɪdʒ/
the charge for the conveyance of a letter or other matter sent by mail, usually prepaid by means of a stamp or stamps.
Origin of postage
1580-90; post3 + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Lignins are especially ideal for pressure-sensitive adhesives such as those used on tape, postage stamps, and name tags.
  • The law also prevents the post office from raising postage fees faster than inflation.
  • But those didn't even offset the cost of postage, and the editor's salary was needed to pay for teaching instead.
  • For example, explain that your postage costs are high because you will be conducting a mail survey.
  • The last thing job candidates need to do is spend money they do not have on mechanical thank-you notes and postage.
  • One experimental propulsion system embeds thousands of tiny explosive charges in a piece of silicon the size of a postage stamp.
  • Collecting shoes is probably no more silly than collecting postage stamps or vintage teddy-bears.
  • Slap on an address tab and postage, and it should be good for mail and shipping with little or no preparation.
  • There are a lot of cheaply built new vacant houses in those markets, on postage-sized lots, driving down the value of all houses.
  • The finished devices are squares of paper roughly the size of postage stamps.
British Dictionary definitions for postage


  1. the charge for delivering a piece of mail
  2. (as modifier): postage charges
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for postage

1580s, "sending of mail by post;" 1650s as "cost of sending something by mail," from post (n.3) + -age. Postage stamp is attested from 1840; they were recorded as being collected in albums by 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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