post office


Definition of post office 

1 : a government department or agency handling the transmission of mail

2 : a local branch of a national post office handling the mail for a particular place or area

3 : a game in which a player acting as postmaster or postmistress may exact a kiss from one of the opposite sex as payment for the pretended delivery of a letter

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Fifteen years later, Davidson said, his wife came home from the post office to tell him that the plaque and the same face were being sold for 44 cents a stamp. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "USPS must pay $3.5 million after confusing Statue of Liberty with ‘sexier’ Las Vegas replica," 7 July 2018 Authorities say Stewart shot and killed 52-year-old Lance Dempsey at a post office in suburban Dublin in December. Fox News, "Suspect faces federal charges in deaths of 2 postal workers," 1 June 2018 Agents saw Achey drop off several items at a post office and went undercover to buy drugs on the web site called Alphabay Market. David Harris,, "Man who sold fentanyl that led to overdose sent to prison for life," 27 Apr. 2018 But asked Monday whether Walgreens’ decision to locate 1,800 employees at the old post office in the South Loop takes that building off the table for Amazon, Emanuel offered some insights. John Byrne,, "Emanuel: Amazon 'really likes' two Chicago sites," 18 June 2018 The community is home to one of the only floating post offices in the country, the Halibut Cove Experience Fine Art Gallery and the Saltry Restaurant, a fine-dining establishment on the shore of Ismailof Island. Kirsten Swann, Anchorage Daily News, "Kenai Peninsula offers world-class fishing, quirky arts scene and much in between," 3 May 2018 The only successful ones were not of national significance and included the renaming of a post office in his district and a tax reduction on hunting equipment., "Reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan is not running for re-election," 11 Apr. 2018 None of the three other post offices in city limits are in walking distance. Marci Shatzman,, "Boca rallies to keep its downtown post office," 22 Mar. 2018 There's now a post office in Bakersfield, Calif., named for the legendary singer Merle Haggard, who was born just north in Oildale. Carolyn Mcatee Cerbin, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump signs bill naming post office for Merle Haggard," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of post office

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of post office

: a building where the mail for a local area is sent and received

the Post Office : the government department in charge of collecting and delivering mail

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Kids Definition of post office

2 : a place where mail is received, handled, and sent out

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