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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There’s a new way to make Amazon returns without waiting in line at the post office or packing up the unwanted item. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Have an Amazon return to send back? Kohl's stores are now accepting Amazon returns," 8 July 2019 Previously, the Postal Service guidelines were varied, depending on the post office or postmaster, Harinen said. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Hemp’s legal. Tell that to the financial service providers, social media companies, industry officials say," 7 July 2019 The facility was almost three times the size of the previous post office at 1019 Foothill. Carol Cormaci,, "La Cañada History: A new post office opens in July 1959 on Foothill at Vineta Avenue," 5 July 2019 The bulk of Japan’s ¥1.83 quadrillion in household financial assets is held in post offices or bank accounts that pay zero interest. The Economist, "Japanese people need to put more aside for retirement," 4 July 2019 Most post offices and banks will close for the federal holiday. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Walmart Open on the 4th of July 2019? Here Are the Superstore's Hours," 3 July 2019 Banks and post offices will be closed on July 4th, so make sure to take care of any errands beforehand. Wilder Davies, Time, "Here's Everything That's Open and Closed on July 4th 2019," 3 July 2019 Munch, who paddles dressed in thick neoprene boots and a dry suit, shipped resupply packages of food to post offices and outfitters 150 to 200 miles apart along his route. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Wisconsin man is traveling 870 miles from Duluth to the Arctic Ocean all in a stand-up paddleboard," 26 June 2019 Cisco is negotiating a lease for about 130,000 square feet in the 2.8 million-square-foot former old main post office, according to real estate sources. Ryan Ori,, "Tech firm Cisco plans large office in Old Post Office," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of post office

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of post office was in 1652

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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 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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