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The collection and study of postage stamps, postmarks, and related materials; stamp collecting.

[French philatélie : Greek phil-, philo-, philo- + Greek ateleia, exemption from payment (because a postage stamp indicates prepayment of postage) (a-, without; see a-1 + telos, tax, charge; see telə- in Indo-European roots).]

phil′a·tel′ic (fĭl′ə-tĕl′ĭk), phil′a·tel′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
phil′a·tel′i·cal·ly adv.
phi·lat′e·list n.
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Adv.1.philatelically - in a philatelic manner; "the Post Office honors great Americans philatelically"
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Kitts and Nevis, but philatelically speaking the two have gone their own ways, operating separate bureaus since 1980, three years prior to their formal independence from Great Britain.
It is a shame that the NEC's Stamp, Coin and Postcard event has been upstaged philatelically by the international heavyweight clout of The Stamp Show 2000 being held in Earl's Court, London where millions of pounds worth of philatelic material, including part of the Queen's private collection, has been on view this week.