from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cancel (a postage stamp) before mailing.
  • n. A precanceled stamp or envelope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cancel or frank a postage stamp prior to posting it
  • n. A postage stamp or mail item that has been precancelled


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  • A stamp with a special overprint cancellation that allows it to bypass normal canceling. In some cases, the term also designates a specific mail-handling service, such as "Presorted First-Class." Other precancels may include the city and state of the issuing post office. Precanceled stamps are used by volume mailers who hold a permit to use them.

    August 26, 2008