Definition of philately noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fɪˈlætəli//
; NAmE NAmE//fɪˈlætəli//
[uncountable] (specialist)
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the collection and study of stamps Word Originmid 19th cent.: 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 which exempts the recipient from payment.
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