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

  • n. A block of commemorative stamps printed together on the same sheet but differing in design, color, value, or overprint.

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  • n. A set of postage stamps with differing values, colours, etc, but printed on the same sheet.


French : se, reflexive pron. + tenant, present participle of tenir, to hold.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French se tenant ("holding each other"), present participle of se tenir ("to hold each other") (Wiktionary)


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  • French for "joined together." In stamp collecting, it refers to two or more stamps with different designs or values printed together on the same sheet. The term is most often used to indicate an intact, unseparated pair (or greater multiple), although it can also describe the stamp issue.

    August 25, 2008