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

Examples of post office in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The town dump and the post office are, as ever, splendid places to chew the fat with your neighbors. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, "This Rural Liberal Set Out to Talk to His Pro-Trump Neighbors," 24 Feb. 2021 In the past, the bar has been known as The Oak Duck Inn and Blanche’s Duck Inn, and reportedly once served as the post office and a barbershop. Charles Selle,, "Column: New owner dives into charms of Wadsworth’s Duck Inn," 22 Feb. 2021 Masks are required for public areas like the Aleut Community Store or the local post office. Anchorage Daily News, "‘The New Balto’: Alaska’s fight against COVID-19 takes to the skies," 16 Feb. 2021 The complex includes a massive former post office at Mission and Spear streets that opened in 1940 and was conveniently located near the finger piers of the Embarcadero. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "A San Francisco fountain trickles to a halt, a victim of changing times," 16 Feb. 2021 Democrats shouldn’t be scared of changing how the post office is run. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Fire Louis DeJoy," 12 Feb. 2021 An Amazon that doesn’t need as much from the post office or carriers like FedEx is an Amazon that may eventually compete with them more broadly, or even replace them. New York Times, "What, Exactly, Is Amazon Web Services?," 9 Feb. 2021 The post office at 129 N. Main St. was constructed in 1939. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "Memories of Benton," 3 Jan. 2021 The bill was among 19 signed by Trump on Monday and will designate the main post office in Poway, a San Diego suburb where Chavez lived, as the Ray Chavez Post Office Building. NBC News, "Oldest Pearl Harbor veteran to have post office named for him," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of post office

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Post office.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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