Definition of philately in English:

philately

Syllabification: phi·lat·e·ly
Pronunciation: /fəˈladlē
 
/

noun

The collection and study of postage stamps.
More example sentences
  • Though he started philately as a hobby during his school days and collected many stamps, lack of penpals plus adequate finances prevented him from pursuing it vigorously.
  • The number of commemorative stamps issued has increased rapidly since World War II, in response to the improvements in printing techniques that have allowed greater variety of design, and to the growth of philately as a hobby.
  • A keen coin and stamp collector as well as a dealer in rare stamps and ancient coins, he avers that philately has become a rich-man's hobby.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

philatelic

Pronunciation: /ˌfiləˈtelik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • It will feature 40 stamp and postcard dealers whose wares cover all aspects of the hobby, as well as up to 25 philatelic societies holding meetings and offering advice.
  • The scope of the philatelic world renders the boast that stamp collecting is ‘probably the most popular indoor hobby that exists’ entirely believable.
  • This stamp was not well received by the philatelic community.

philatelically

Pronunciation: /ˌfiləˈtelik(ə)lē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • Recognising that many deserving names and items have yet to be commemorated philatelically, postal authorities are urged to address these deficits.
  • Philatelically speaking, only the USS BEAR had an official post office and all mail sent from either of the two bases or USS NORTH STAR was canceled aboard the USS BEAR.

philatelist

noun
More example sentences
  • Many philatelists have recorded history through their exhibits on such topics as ‘national leaders, birds, animals, sports, occupation, currency and important events.’
  • Philately has undergone a transformation over the years, as young philatelists are more keen on thematic stamps.
  • I just hope that philatelists can now enjoy the collection, especially the rare stamps.

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