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 $3 trillion measure includes hazard pay for healthcare and other workers, a financial bailout of the post office, and a new round of direct payments to families and individuals. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "‘More targeted’: Republicans mull next economic aid package, and it won’t be soon," 23 June 2020 Nationwide, the post office delivers to 157 million addresses. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan postal workers to rally Tuesday as part of campaign to #SaveThePostOffice," 22 June 2020 The bones from the fin of a large male sperm whale were buried beneath the ground between a post office and a scrap yard on Constitution Street in Leith, according to The Scotsman. Fox News, "Ancient whale bones unearthed beneath Edinburgh construction site," 20 June 2020 The post office could be the place where Americans come to navigate the federal bureaucracy, an all-in-one kiosk for quick answers from human beings in a face-to-face setting. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "Don’t Just Save the Postal Service. Reinvent It.," 16 June 2020 Any time a postal worker feels threatened by a dog on someone’s property, the recipient may be asked to go to the post office to pick up their mail. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ranks first in country for postal workers bitten by dogs," 16 June 2020 The new head of the U.S. Postal Service took office Monday, but his close ties to President Donald Trump, who has long pushed for changes in how the post office operates, have raised questions about his leadership. NBC News, "New Postal Service head is a top Trump donor. What does that mean for its future?," 16 June 2020 One set of recommendations relates to prevention measures for people considering resuming normal activities, like going to the post office or a restaurant. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "After months of silence, CDC holds press briefing, issues new COVID advice," 12 June 2020 Partly false The claim does get it right that the company that Feinstein’s husband worked for at the time secured a valuable contract with USPS to sell post office buildings. Katie Landeck, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No evidence Dianne Feinstein helped husband secure a USPS real estate contract," 11 June 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 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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