Main definitions of precancel in English

: precancel1precancel2

precancel1

(also precancell)

noun

US Philately
  • A postage stamp that has been cancelled prior to being used on an item of mail, often to facilitate bulk mailing.

Origin

Early 20th century. Apparently shortened from precancellation, probably originally as a graphic abbreviation.

Pronunciation

precancel

/ˈpriːkansl/

Main definitions of precancel in English

: precancel1precancel2

precancel2

verb

US
  • 1Philately
    with object To cancel (a postage stamp) by means of a frank ahead of its use, often to facilitate bulk mailing.

  • 2with object To cancel beforehand; to cancel giving prior notice.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Conditions Use of Precanceled Postage Stamps. From pre- + cancel.

Pronunciation

precancel

/priːˈkansl/