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Word of the Day – Philately

By September 26, 2021Word of the Day

Philately (noun)

fi-lat-el-ee

The collection and study of postage stamps.

Mid 19th century from French philatélie, from philo- ‘loving’ + Greek ateleia ‘exemption from payment’ (from a- ‘not’ + telos ‘toll, tax’), used to mean a franking mark or postage stamp exempting the recipient from payment.

Example sentences

“He’d been obsessed with philately since childhood.”

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