Definition of zip code in English:

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zip code

Pronunciation: /ˈzip ˌkōd/
(also ZIP code)


A group of five or nine numbers that are added to a postal address to assist the sorting of mail.
Example sentences
  • Just type in your zip code, personalize and customize the prewritten message, and email or print and mail it to legislators.
  • And I kept telling people my ZIP code is Austin, Texas.
  • The town is now so small that the U.S. Postal Service is taking away its zip code.


1960s: zip, acronym from zone improvement plan.

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Syllabification: zip code

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