Meaning of philately

phi•lat•e•ly

Pronunciation: (fi-lat'l-ē), [key]
— n.
  1. the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby or an investment.
  2. the study of postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history.
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