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[pohst-mahrk] /ˈpoʊstˌmɑrk/
an official mark stamped on letters and other mail, serving as a cancellation of the postage stamp and indicating the place, date, and sometimes time of sending or receipt.
verb (used with object)
to stamp with a postmark.
Origin of postmark
1670-80; post3 + mark1
Related forms
unpostmarked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for postmark
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  • There seemed to be nothing wrong in looking at the postmark.

    The Heroes of the School Allen Chapman
  • A postmark is the stamp put on the outside of a letter at the office where it is posted.

  • Carmina received a letter, bearing the Italian postmark, but not addressed to her in Teresa's handwriting.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • It bore the Paris postmark: on it was drawn the route from Verdun to the frontier.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • A week later, the mail brought her the following brief letter, with a Southern postmark.

    Max Fargus Owen Johnson
  • There was no date and no address, but the postmark was Bradfield in the north of England.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • No sooner had Fred glanced hastily at the postmark than he whistled to indicate his astonishment.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • To my surprise I noticed that the stamp in the corner was English and the postmark "London."

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He saw with astonishment, as he put another lump of sugar into his cup, that this letter bore a New York postmark.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Rita had been receiving many letters with the New York postmark; but what of that?

    Three Margarets Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for postmark


any mark stamped on mail by postal officials, such as a simple obliteration, date mark, or indication of route See also cancellation
(transitive) to put such a mark on mail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for postmark

1670s, from post (n.3) + mark (n.1). As a verb from 1716. Related: Postmarked; postmarking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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