Definition of zip code noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


zip code

BrE BrE//ˈzɪp kəʊd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɪp koʊd//
(also ZIP code) (US English)
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a group of numbers that are used as part of an address so that post/mail can be separated into groups and delivered more quickly see also postcode Word Origin1960s: Zip, acronym from zone improvement plan. Culture 'ZIP' is an abbreviation for the Zone Improvement Plan, a system introduced by the US Postal Service in 1963. The word 'zip' also suggests speed, because the numbers help mail to be delivered quickly. ZIP codes have five numbers. ZIP+4 Codes have five numbers and another four numbers separated by a hyphen, e.g. NY 10016-4314, and show a place within a certain ZIP code. compare postal district
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