KSS Monograph 2: Korean English Philatelic Glossary

Catalogues and books

First published as a for print publication by Stanley Kim in 1993, this glossary is now being developed in digital form. Originally meant “to assist collectors using either Korean or English to organize their collections, literature, and their own write-ups for exhibitions or just in their albums” it can these days also be used especially usefully to search online on any of the English or Korean language search engines. 

The glossary shows English and Korean terms, but also shows the hanja (classical Chinese characters as used by Koreans). Both the Korean and Sino-Korean terms can be “copy-pasted” into search engines such as Google, Daum and Naver to see what is available on the internet. For people who can’t read Korean texts the hangul characters have been romanized using the McCune–Reischauer system.

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KSS Glossary

English textKorean textRomanizationHanja (Sino-Korean)
address주소chuso住所
addressee (1)수취인such'wiin受取人
addressee (2)받는 사람pannŭn saram
addresser (1)발신인palssinin發信人
addresser (2)보내는 사람ponaenŭn saram
admission ticket입장권ipchanggwŏn入場券
advertising postal card광고(우편)엽서kwanggo(up'yŏn)yŏpsŏ廣告(郵便)葉書
aerogramme항공서간hanggongsŏgan航空書簡
aerophilately항공우취hanggonguch'wi航空郵趣
affix첨부ch'ŏmbu添附
airmail stamp항공우표hanggongup'yo航空郵票
album page [blank]앨범대지aelbŏmdaeji앨범臺紙
anniversary주년chunyŏn週年
annual membership fee연회비yŏnhoebi年會費
appraisal감정kamjŏng鑑定
apprentice judge [at an exhibition]수습심사위원susŭpsimsawiwŏn修習審査委員
astrophilately우주우취ujuuch'wi宇宙郵趣
auction (1)경매kyŏngmae競賣
auction (2)옥션oksyŏn
auspice찬조ch'anjo贊助
back (1)뒷면twinmyŏn뒷面
back (2)후면humyŏn後面
back (3)이면imyŏn裏面
backstamp도착소인toch'aksoin到着消印
ballon post기구우편kiguup'yŏn氣球郵便
bidding (1)응찰ŭngch'al應札
bidding (2)입찰ipch'al入札
bidding price입찰가ipch'alga入札價
bimonthly (magazine)격월지kyŏgwŏlji隔月誌
bleed화상물림hwasangmullim畵像물림
block of four전형블럭chŏnhyŏngbŭllŏk田型블럭
booklet우표첩up'yoch'ŏp郵票帖
bottom margin fantail하변지무공habyŏnjimugong下邊紙無孔
bronze award동상tongsang銅賞
bulk mail대량우편taeryangup'yŏn大量郵便
Bull's Eyes cancel만월소인manwŏlssoin滿月消印
buying매입maeip買入
cachet까세kkase
campaign stamp선장용우표sŏnjangyongup'yo宣奬用郵票
cancellation [See also Postmark]소인soin消印
cash현금hyŏn'gŭm現金
catalogue number도감번호togambŏnho圖鑑番號
change of address주소이전chusoijŏn住所移轉
charity stamp자선우표chasŏnup'yo慈善郵票
Christmas seal크리스마스 씰k'ŭrisŭmasŭ ssil
classification분류pullyu分類
COD (Cash on Delivery)상품인도결제sangp'umindogyŏlje商品引渡決濟
coil stamp코일우표k'oirup'yo코일郵票
collection수집품sujipp'um蒐集品
color [in printing]쇄색swaesaek刷色
colored fiber색소섬유saeksosŏmyu色素纖維
comb cancel (1)빗형소인pit'yŏngsoin빗型消印
comb cancel (2)절형소인chŏrhyŏngsoin( )型消印
commemorative date stamp기념일부인kinyŏmilbuin記念日附印
commemorative postal card기념엽서kinyŏmyŏpsŏ記念葉書
commemorative stamp기념우표kinyŏmup'yo記念郵票
completewan
compound perforation (1)복식천공poksikch'ŏn'gong複式穿孔
compound perforation (2)복합천공pokhapch'ŏn'gong複合穿孔
condition상태sangt'ae狀態
consignment sale위탁판매wit'akp'anmae委託販賣
counterfeit위조wijo僞造
cover (through normal mailstream) (1)실체봉피silch'ebongp'i實遞封皮
cover (through normal mailstream) (2)엔타이어ent'aiŏ實遞封皮
credit card신용카드sinyongk'adŭ信用카드
CTO (Canceled-to-Order) (1)청구소인ch'ŏnggusoin請求消印
CTO (Canceled-to-Order) (2)주문소인chumunsoin注文消印
cutting line절단선chŏldansŏn切斷線
date날짜naltcha
date of issue발행일parhaengil發行日
datestamp일부인ilbuin日附印
deadline마감일magamil
definitive stamp보통우표pot'ongup'yo普通郵票
delivery배달paedal配達
denomination액면aengmyŏn額面
description내용설명naeyongsŏlmyŏng內容說明
design도안toan圖案
discount할인harin割引
domestic국내kungnae國內
dotted line점선chŏmsŏn點線
double overprint이중가쇄ijunggaswae二重加刷
double surcharge이중첨쇄ijungch'ŏmswae二重添刷
duplicate중복chungbok重複
eachkak
editor편집자p'yŏnjipcha編輯者
enclosed동봉tongbong同封
English text영문yŏngmun英文
envelope (1)봉투pongt'u封套
envelope (2)봉피pongp'i封皮
error에러erŏ
exchange교환kyohw(??)an交換
exhibit frame전시틀chŏnsit'ŭl展示틀
exhibition전시회chŏnsihoe展示會
export수출such'ul輸出
expertizing감정kamjŏng鑑定
express mail속달우편soktarup'yŏn速達郵便
face value액면aengmyŏn額面
first come first served선착순sŏnch'aksun先着順
first day cover (1)초일봉피ch'oilbongp'i初日封皮
first day cover (2)초일봉투ch'oilbongt'u初日封套
first flight cover (1)초비행봉피ch'obihaengbongp'i初飛行封皮
first flight cover (2)초비행봉투ch'obihaengbongt'u初飛行封套
first printing초판ch'op'an初版
folded size (1)접은 크기chŏbŭn k'ŭgi
folded size (2)접은 규격chŏbŭn kyugyŏk접은規格
foreign postmark (datestamp)외체일부인oech'eilbuin外遞日附印
foreign stamp외국우표oegugup'yo外國郵票
forgery위조wijo僞造
free무료muryo無料
front (1)전면chŏnmyŏn前面
front (2)앞면ammyŏn앞面
full sheet전지chŏnji全紙
fund raising stamp모금우표mogŭmup'yo募金郵票
glossy paper광택지kwangt'aekchi光澤紙
gold award금상kŭmsang金賞
government issued관제kwanje官制
grand award대상taesang大賞
gravure그라비야kŭrabiya
gum (1)p'ul
gum (2)ho
handdrawn cachet육필까세yukp'ilkkase肉筆까세
handstamp수날인sunarin手捺印
handwritten친필ch'inp'il親筆
hibiscus무궁화mugu(??)wa無窮花
high denominated stamp고액우표koaegup'yo高額郵票
high price paid purchase고가매입kogamaeip高價買入
highest price최고가ch'oegoga最高價
hinge힌지hinji
hinge remnant힌지자국hinjijaguk
hobby취미ch'wimi趣味
horizontal imperforate횡무공hoengmugong橫無孔
horizontal imperforate between횡간무공hoengganmugong橫間無孔
hundredpaek
imperforate무공mugong無孔
imperforated pair무공이연mugongiyŏn無孔二連
import수입suip輸入
impression size인면크기inmyŏnk'ŭgi印面크기
index (1)색인saegin索引
index (2)찾아보기ch'ajabogi
inquiry welcomed문의환영munŭihw(??)anyŏng問議歡迎
inscription block명판전형myŏngp'anjŏnhyŏng銘版田型
insurance보험pohŏm保險
intaglio요판yop'an凹版
international국제kukche國際
International Rply Coupon (IRC)국제반신(우표)권kukchebansin(up'yo)kwŏn國際返信(郵票)券
inverted overprint역가쇄yŏkkaswae逆加刷
inverted surcharge역첨쇄yŏkch'ŏmswae逆添刷
issuance발행일parhaengil發行日
judge [at an exhibition]심사위원simsawiwŏn審査委員
Korean stamp한국우표han'gugup'yo韓國郵票
Korean text국문kungmun國文
large gold award대금상taegŭmsang大金賞
large silver award대은상taeŭnsang大銀賞
large vermeil award대금은상taegŭmŭnsang大金銀賞
left margin fantail좌변지무공chwabyŏnjimugong左邊紙無孔
letter (1)편지p'yŏnji便紙
letter (2)서장sŏjang書狀
letter sheet봉함엽서po(??)amyŏpsŏ封緘葉書
letter writing편지쓰기p'yŏnjissŭgi便紙쓰기
lithography평판p'yŏngp'an平板
local stamp지방우표chibangup'yo地方郵票
lottery복권pokkwŏn福券
lowest price최저가ch'oejŏga最低價
luminescent stamp발광우표palgwangup'yo發光郵票
machine cancel기계인kigyein機械印
magazine잡지chapchi雜誌
magnifying glass확대경hwaktaegyŏng擴大鏡
mail order우편주문up'yŏnjumun郵便注文
mail sale통신판매t'ongsinp'anmae通信販賣
mailing address (1)통신처t'ongsinch'ŏ通信處
mailing address (2)편지 보낼곳p'yŏnji ponaelgos便紙 보낼곳
mailman집배원chippaewŏn集配員
margin변지pyŏnji邊紙
maximum card맥시멈카드maeksimŏmk'adŭ
member회원hoewŏn會員
message-half reply postal card왕신엽서wangsinyŏpsŏ往信葉書
meter stamp미터스탬프mit'ŏsŭt'aemp'ŭ
million백만paengman百萬
minimum bid최저입찰가ch'oejŏipch'alga最低入札價
mint미사용제misayongje未使用濟
missing누락nurak漏落
money order소액환soaekhwan少額換
monthly magazine월간지wŏlganji月刊誌
mount (1)마운트maunt'ŭ
mount (2)보존싸게pojonssage保存싸게
multicolored다색tasaek多色
name (1)이름irŭm
name (2)성명sŏngmyŏng姓名
natural color총천연색ch'ongch'ŏnyŏnsaek總天然色
new issue신발행sinbarhaeng新發行
New Year's Greetings연하yŏnha年賀
newspaper신문sinmun新聞
No Forwarding Requested교부요청없음kyobuyoch'ŏngŏpsŭm交付要請없음
no gum무호muho無糊
No Reprodcution Permitted복제불허pokcheburhŏ複製不許
non-glossy paper무광택지mugwangt'aekchi無光澤紙
Not for Sale비매품pimaep'um非賣品
number of color색수saeksu色數
office 사무실samusil事務室
official stamp관용우표kwanyongup'yo官用郵票
offset옵셋트opsett'ŭ
Old Korea구한국kuhan'guk舊韓國
Olympic Games올림픽대회ollimp'iktaehoe올림픽大會
omitted누락nurak漏落
order주문chumun注文
original color원색wŏnsaek原色
original gum원호wŏnho元糊
overprint가쇄kaswae加刷
packet파켓p'ak'es
pagetchok
paper용지yongji用紙
paper quality지질chijil紙質
parachute mail낙하산우편nakhasanup'yŏn落下傘郵便
parcel소포sop'o小包
perforation천공ch'ŏn'gong穿孔
periodical정기간행물chŏnggiganhaengmul定期刊行物
philatelic accessories우취용품uch'wiyongp'um郵趣用品
philatelic exhibition우표전시회up'yojŏnsihoe郵票展示會
philatelic literature우취문헌uch'wimunhŏn郵趣文獻
philatelic society/club우취협회uch'wihyŏphoe郵趣協會
philatelic term우취용어uch'wiyongŏ郵趣用語
philatelic week우표취미주간up'yoch'wimijugan郵票趣味週間
philatelist우취인uch'wiin郵趣人
photograph사진sajin寫眞
photogravure그라비야kŭrabiya
picture postcard그림엽서kŭrimyŏpsŏ그림葉書
plate (1)실용판siry(??)ongp'an實用版
plate (2)제판chep'an製版
plate number실용판 번호siry(??)ongp'an pŏnho實用版 番號
position위치wich'i位置
post office우체국uch'eguk郵遞局
Post Office Box (PO Box)사서함sasŏham私書函
post office window우체국창구uch'egukch'anggu郵遞局窓口
postage due (1)요금미납yogŭmminap料金未納
postage due (2)요금부족yogŭmbujok料金不足
postage extra송료별도songnyobyŏldo送料別途
postage included송료포함songnyop'oham送料包含
postage rate우편요금up'yŏnyogŭm郵便料金
postage rate hike우편요금인상up'yŏnyogŭminsang郵便料金引上
postage stamp우표up'yo郵票
postal card (1)엽서yŏpsŏ葉書
postal card (2)우편엽서up'yŏnyŏpsŏ郵便葉書
postal card (3)우체엽서 (Old Korean)uch'eyŏpsŏ郵遞葉書
postal censor우편검열up'yŏn'gŏmyŏl郵便檢閱
postal code우편번호up'yŏnbŏnho郵便番號
postal history우편사up'yŏnsa郵便史
postal stationery엽서류yŏpsŏryu葉書類
Postal Week우편주간up'yŏnjugan郵便週間
postally used실체silch'e實遞
postally used cover (1)실체봉피silch'ebongp'i實遞封皮
postally used cover (2)엔타이어ent'aiŏ
postmark (1)도장tojang圖章
postmark (2)소인soin消印
postmaster우체국장uch'egukchang郵遞局長
precancelled선소인sŏnsoin先消印
pre-printing fold접힌인쇄chŏphininswae접힌印刷
Presentation Sheet증정용시이트chŭngjŏngyongsiit'ŭ贈呈用시이트
price (1)가격kagyŏk價格
price (2)kaI
price (3)정가chŏngga定價
printed matter인쇄물inswaemul印刷物
printed on both sides양면인쇄yangmyŏninswae兩面印刷
printed on gummed side호면인쇄homyŏninswae湖面印刷
printer (1)인쇄처inswaech'ŏ印刷處
printer (2)인쇄소inswaeso印刷所
printer's block명판전형myŏngp'anjŏnhyŏng銘版田型
printing process인쇄판식inswaep'ansik印刷版式
proof견양kyŏnyang見樣
provisional stamp잠용우표chamyongup'yo暫用郵票
purchase매입maeip買入
quantity수량suryang數量
quantity issued발행량parhaengnyang發行量
quarterly (magazine)계간지kyeganji季刊誌
rare stamp희귀우표hŭigwiup'yo稀貴郵票
reference참조ch'amjo參照
reference price참고가ch'amgoga參考價
registered mail등기우편tŭnggiup'yŏn登記郵便
regular postal card (1)보통엽서pot'ongyŏpsŏ普通葉書
regular postal card (2)통상엽서t'ongsangyŏpsŏ通常葉書
regular stamp보통우표pot'ongup'yo普通郵票
reissue재발행chaebarhaeng再發行
remark비고pigo備考
reply-half reply postal card복신엽서poksinyŏpsŏ復信葉書
reprint재쇄chaeswae再刷
Republic of Korea대한민국taehanmin'guk大韓民國
retail소매somae小賣
return postage반신료pansillyo返信料
return postal card왕복우편엽서wangbogup'yŏnyŏpsŏ往復郵便葉書
return stamp enclosed반송우표동봉pansongup'yodongbong返送郵票同封
return to sender반송 pansong 返送
revenue stamp수입인지suibinji收入印紙
revised cancel개정인kaejŏngin改定印
right margin fantail우변지무공ubyŏnjimugong右邊紙無孔
Roman letter로마자romaja로마字
roulette선공sŏn'gong線孔
self-adhesive자기접착식chagijŏpch'aksik자기接着式
selling판매p'anmae販賣
selling period판매기간p'anmaegigan販賣期間
selling price판매가격p'anmaegagyŏk販賣價格
selvage변지pyŏnji邊紙
semi-postal stamp부가금우표pugagŭmup'yo附加金郵票
sender (1)발송인palssongin發送人
sender (2)보내는 사람ponaenŭn saram
series시리즈sirijŭ
shade색조saekcho色調
sheet composition (1)시이트구성siit'ŭgusŏng시이트構成
sheet composition (2)전지구성chŏnjigusŏng全紙構成
sheets (of paper) (1)mae
sheets (of paper) (2)chang
shipping charge송료songnyo送料
silver award은상ŭnsang銀賞
silver bronze award은동상ŭndongsang銀銅賞
single낱장nat'chang
sold out매진maejin賣盡
SOTN(Socked-On-The-Nose) cancel만월소인manwŏlssoin滿月消印
souvenir sheet소형시이트sohyŏngsiit'ŭ小型시이트
special stamp특별우표t'ŭkpyŏrup'yo特別郵票
specimen견본kyŏnbon見本
stamp affixed우표첨부up'yoch'ŏmbu郵票添附
stamp catalogue (1)우표목록up'yomongnok郵票目錄
stamp catalogue (2)우표도감up'yodogam郵票圖鑑
stamp club우표협회up'yohyŏphoe郵票協會
stamp collecting우표수집up'yosujip郵票蒐集
stamp collector우표수집가up'yosujipka郵票蒐集家
stamp company우표사up'yosa郵票社
stamp dealer우표상up'yosang郵票商
stamp designer우표도안사up'yodoansa郵票圖案士
stamp designer원화작자wŏnhwajakcha郵票圖案士
stamp designer우표디자이너up'yodijainŏ原畵作者
stamp number우편번호up'yŏnbŏnho郵便番號
stamp store우표상up'yosang郵票商
stamp tong (1)우표집게up'yojipke郵票집게
stamp tong (2)핀셋트p'insett'ŭ
standard표준p'yojun標準
stockbook수집책sujipch'aek蒐集冊
store점포chŏmp'o店鋪
submitted price (or bidding price)출품가ch'ulp'umga出品價
subscription정기구독chŏnggigudok定期購讀
supplement (1)추록ch'urok追錄
supplement (2)추가분ch'ugabun追加分
surcharge첨쇄ch'ŏmswae添刷
surface mail선편sŏnp'yŏn船便
surtax부가금pugagŭm附加金
symbol기호kiho記號
Table of Contents목차mokch'a目次
telephone card전화카드chŏnhwak'adŭ電話카드
ten million천만ch'ŏnman千万, 千萬
ten thousandman万, 萬
thematic (adj.) (1)테마t'ema
thematic (adj.) (2)제목별chemokpyŏl題目別
thematic (n.) (1)테마수집t'emasujip테마蒐集
thematic (n.) (2)테마틱우취t'emat'iguch'wi테마틱郵趣
thick laid paper (1)발형후지parhyŏ(??)uji( )型厚紙
thick laid paper (2)두터운 발살무늬용지tut'ŏun palssalmunŭiyongji두터운 발살무늬用紙
thin laid paper (1)발형박지parhyŏngbakchi( )型薄紙
thin laid paper (2)얇은 발살무늬용지yalbŭn palssalmunŭiyongji얇은 발살무늬用紙
thin paper (1)박지pakchi薄紙
thin paper (2)얇은 종이yalbŭn chongi
thousandch'ŏn
top margin fantail상변지무공sangbyŏnjimugong上邊紙無孔
topical (adj.)토피칼t'op'ik'al
total (1)ch'ong
total (2)kye
traditional (n.) (1)일반우취ilbanuch'wi一般郵趣
traditional (n.) (2)일반수집ilbansujip一般蒐集
trial printing시쇄siswae試刷
typography철판ch'ŏlp'an凸版
unissued미발행mibarhaeng未發行
United Nations유엔yuen
United States of America미국miguk美國
Universal Postal Union (UPU)만국우편연합man'gugup'yŏnyŏnhap萬國郵便聯合
unknown (1)미상misang未詳
unknown (2)불명pulmyŏng不明
unused미사용misayong未使用
unwatermarked무투문mut'umun無透紋
used (1)사용필sayongp'il使用畢
used (2)사용제sayongje使用濟
value (1)평가p'yŏngga評價
value (2)가치kach'i價値
variety변종pyŏnjong變種
vermeil award금은상kŭmŭnsang金銀賞
vertical imperforate종무공chongmugong縱無孔
vertical imperforate between종간무공chongganmugong縱間無孔
viewcard그림엽서kŭrimyŏpsŏ그림葉書
viewing현품열람hyŏnp'umyŏllam現品閱覽
watermark투문t'umun透紋
watermarked paper투문지t'umunji透紋紙
wavy lines watermark (1)파형투문p'ahyŏngt'umun波型透紋
wavy lines watermark (2)물결무늬투문mulgyŏlmunŭit'umun물결무늬透紋
weekly (magazine)주간지chuganji週刊誌
weight (1)무게muge
weight (2)중량chungnyang重量
white paper백지paekchi白紙
wholesale도매tomae都賣
with gum유호yuho有糊
without gum무호muho無糊
worldwide세계각국segyegakkuk世界各國
zigzag lines watermark지그재그투문chigŭjaegŭt'umun지그재그透紋

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