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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This hotel was started by her grandmother in an old post office. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018 Tuesday is the deadline to file 2017 federal tax returns, and an Anchorage post office open until 11 p.m. can postmark the returns of last-minute filers. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Last-minute tax filers: The Anchorage airport post office is open late for postmarks," 17 Apr. 2018 Thomas’ address listed on the deed papers was the same post office box used for the other deed transfers. Mark Fazlollah,, "Police officer probed in theft of homes," 2 Dec. 2012 This includes courts, libraries, schools, and post offices. Renae Reints, Fortune, "What Is Open and Closed on July 4th — From Stores to Stock Markets," 3 July 2018 The public library in Pembroke, Va., used to be the town’s post office. Mark Feeney,, "At Cambridge Public Library, photos in color, in the stacks, in Cambridge," 8 May 2018 Gillibrand also introduced legislation this week that would require the US post office to offer bank services, effectively creating a public option for personal banking. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "There's a new Democratic agenda taking shape. It's more and more progressive. Can it survive success?," 30 Apr. 2018 To avoid parcels being left outside during extended absences, the post office has long allowed customers to set up hold-mail requests. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves," 12 Dec. 2018 When packages are open, security personnel at UPS, Fed-Ex or post offices must be present. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "How a McDonald's receipt crippled an elite Louisville drug-fighting team," 18 June 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 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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