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[pohst-kahrd] /ˈpoʊstˌkɑrd/
Also called picture postcard. a small, commercially printed card, usually having a picture on one side and space for a short message on the other.
postal card (def 1).
Also, post card.
Origin of postcard
1865-70; post3 + card1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for postcard
  • As applications come in, send each candidate a form postcard or an e-mail message to say you've received their materials.
  • It is rather curious to me that e-mail evolved the way it did as essentially being sent as a postcard rather than a sealed letter.
  • He spent less than a few dollars on a postcard, some tomatoes or something and stamps.
  • The magic booth spun flattering postcard-sized shots nearly instantaneously.
  • His office, with its leather couches and postcard-worthy city views, was larger than many studio apartments.
  • The boys hold up postcard invitations and ask if we're going.
  • And then for many days he received no letters at all, not even a postcard, and the war kept squeezing in on him.
  • Indeed, the only obligation many offenders on probation must now fulfill is mailing a postcard that gives their home address.
  • Half-finished crossword puzzles or a stash of chocolate, a postcard he'd sent her or a cut-out recipe.
  • Behind the postcard-perfect images, however, lies a darker reality.
British Dictionary definitions for postcard


a card, often bearing a photograph, picture, etc, on one side, (picture postcard), for sending a message by post without an envelope Also called (US) postal card
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Word Origin and History for postcard

1870, from post (n.3) + card (n).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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french postcard

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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