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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The downtown business community counted on having a post office downtown, especially the attorneys, said Michael Liss, a lawyer and president of the Downtown Boca Raton Business Alliance. Marci Shatzman,, "Boca Raton's downtown post office won't move after all," 5 July 2018 Over time, the museum expanded, other buildings were donated, and replica buildings were built, including a post office and an outhouse. Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Hardee County: Where Cracker history finds a home," 6 May 2018 Two days later, 29-year-old New York City post office clerk Charles Kaplan read about the Hanson and Hardwick incidents during his subway ride home to the Bronx. David Pietrusza, WSJ, "Bombs in the Mail Bring Echoes of Anarchism," 2 Nov. 2018 Stewart said many people still rely on post offices boxes to get their mail. James Macpherson, The Seattle Times, "North Dakota officials tell tribes of election requirements," 1 Oct. 2018 Technically, the Burberry show took place in a post office warehouse in London, but within the expansive space, the brand erected the poshest set possible. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "10 Key Things to Know From Riccardo Tisci’s 134-Look Burberry Debut," 17 Sep. 2018 Police in neighboring Bronxville say mail was recently stolen from the deposit slot in the post office lobby. Fox News, "Mail thefts of about $660K plague New York county," 1 June 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Miami chapter of the American Institute of Architects, previously based inside the renovated 1912 post office building downtown, led walking tours of downtown Miami architecture. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "They spent $300K to renovate a historic building. Now they're out and a brewery is in. | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 It was suggested that Mindel might have been singled out because post office officials were upset by his unfettered hairstyle. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wayback Machine: A flush of excitement over high-tech toilets in 1993," 17 May 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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