American English

Definition of stamp noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal postage stamp) [countable] a small piece of paper with a design on it that you buy and stick on an envelope or a package before you post it a 20-cent stamp The U.S. postal service is raising the price for a first-class stamp by two cents. He has been collecting stamps since he was eight. a stamp album The Postal Service has issued a commemorative stamp to mark the event.
  2. printing tool
  3. 2[countable] a tool for printing the date or a design or mark onto a surface a date stamp see also rubber stamp
  4. printed design/words
  5. 3[countable] a design or words made by stamping something onto a surface The passports, with the visa stamps, were waiting at the embassy. (figurative) The project has the government's stamp of approval.
  6. proof of payment
  7. 4[countable] a small piece of paper, stuck on a document to show that a particular amount of money has been paid see also food stamp
  8. character/quality
  9. 5[singular] stamp (of something) (formal) the mark or sign of a particular quality or person All his work bears the stamp of authority.
  10. 6[singular] (formal) a kind or class, especially of people men of a different stamp
  11. of foot
  12. 7[singular] an act or sound of stamping the foot The stamp of hooves alerted Isabel.
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