paquebot

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

French for mailboat. First used in Great Britain in 1894, the term was adopted for general use by the Universal Postal Union in 1897.

NounEdit

paquebot ‎(plural paquebots)

  1. a mailboat
  2. (postal history) a postal marking or cancellation stamped on mail posted at sea or in a harbour for processing by the postal authorities at the next port of call. Mail so marked in one country will often carry the stamps of another country.

AdjectiveEdit

paquebot ‎(not comparable)

  1. Relating to mail posted at sea.
    a paquebot letter
    a paquebot duplex

Usage notesEdit

The word would typically be stamped in upper case, PAQUEBOT, on the postal item, but when described in text would be written with a capital P only, eg, Paquebot.

ReferencesEdit

  • Douglas and Mary Patrick, The Musson Stamp Dictionary, Toronto, Musson Book Company, 1972.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English packet-boat.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

paquebot m ‎(plural paquebots)

  1. ship, liner

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