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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: philatélie, from Greek phil- ( PHILANDERER) + ateleia 'freedom from tax'

philately

noun
     
phi‧lat‧e‧ly [uncountable]
the activity of collecting stamps for pleasure
philatelic adjective
philatelist noun [countable]

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