paquebot

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.

Adjective[edit]

paquebot (not comparable)

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

Usage notes[edit]

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.

References[edit]

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

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English packet-boat.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

paquebot m (plural paquebots)

  1. ship, liner

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