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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
Historical Examples
  • There seemed to be nothing wrong in looking at the postmark.

    The Heroes of the School Allen Chapman
  • I thought it came from the postman, but there is no postmark; Sarah brought it to me.

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

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • The stationery, the postmark, the date upon it, all seemed perfectly in accord.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • A week later, the mail brought her the following brief letter, with a Southern postmark.

    Max Fargus Owen Johnson
  • One letter, bearing a Scottish postmark, alone 85 came for him after his departure.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • No sooner had Fred glanced hastily at the postmark than he whistled to indicate his astonishment.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew Allen Chapman
  • She knew at once whom it was from, even before she read the postmark, “Charleston.”

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • 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
  • You will observe by the postmark on this letter my present place of residence.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
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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