from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials; stamp collecting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Stamp collecting.
- n. The study of postage stamps, postal routes, postal history, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The collection of postage stamps of various issues.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fancy for collecting and classifying postage-stamps and revenue-stamps as objects of curiosity; also, the occupation of making such collections.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the collection and study of postage stamps
This fascination with stamps and the history that surrounds them has led to a hobby related to philately, which is collecting stamps.
I speak of stamp collecting, more properly known as philately, and it was the American Philatelic Society (APS) that took over a fair amount of space in the Greater Richmond Convention Center and adjacent Richmond Marriott hotel in mid-August to promote the hobby's message.
The group, formed in 1957, consists of 11 members in fields ranging from sports and design to sociology and "philately," or the study of stamps.
The Postal Service vice president said the characters were chosen to encourage younger generations to take an interest in philately.
French is justly proud that the opening line of his essay on British cinema and the Post Office – "I don't know much about philately, but I know what I lick" – made it into the Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotations, but his prose is too positivist for the flourish of rhetoric.
It was about stamps and philately, which he loved, but also about Simon Garfield.
Edward Howland Robinson Green was no stranger to numismatics or philately.
These were his most topical and politically/socially-oriented tunes, tamer but still relevant and amusing today, and covering everything from pornography in "Smut" Who needs a hobby like tennis or philately?
The final section of each book has a short story, the two by Rayner being decidedly ordinary (the one in the Rose book is tediously educational on philately), but the two by Cole much better - his story at the end of the Sycorax book retells The Christmas Invasion from the monster's point of view, which is a welcome shift of perspective and carried off smoothly.
Think I will philander or more seriously take up philately.