post·​al | \ ˈpō-stᵊl How to pronounce postal (audio) \

Definition of postal

1 : of or relating to the mails or the post office
2 : conducted by mail postal chess
3 : insanely or murderously violent usually used in the phrase go postal

Examples of postal in a Sentence

Postal rates are going up. The city worked to quickly restore postal service.

Recent Examples on the Web

Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website,; to her email,; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Is it rude to say why I’m skipping their tacky party?," 8 July 2019 Emergencies have been declared during crises large (the Civil War, the Great Depression, the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks) and small (remember the 1970 postal strike?). Daniel Flatley, Fortune, "What Trump Gains by Seeing ‘Emergencies’ All Around Him," 5 June 2019 Then, a frustrated postal customer called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s hotline with an anonymous tip. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Officials blame black market for popular succulents disappearing from Northern California state parks," 3 June 2019 Soon after it was unveiled in 2001, the Segway was introduced as an experimental vehicle into the U.S. postal fleet. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 The attacks arrive in spear-phishing emails and in some cases postal packages that contain design documents and plans. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Why AutoCAD malware keeps chugging on," 27 Nov. 2018 Passport information, including identity card numbers, names, dates of birth, and postal addresses may all have been compromised. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Major airline Cathay Pacific says up to 9.4 million passengers had their data stolen," 24 Oct. 2018 Violators have 30 days to act, and BART reminds them of that in letters, some of which are returned because of incorrect postal addresses. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "BART cited 1,300 fare evaders in 2 months. Only about 100 paid up," 4 June 2018 Huskey’s son, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty President Budge Huskey, said his father’s request was about more than a postal address. Mary Shanklin,, "Builders vie for prime positions," 1 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of postal

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of postal

: relating to or involved in the sending, handling, and delivery of mail


post·​al | \ ˈpō-stᵊl How to pronounce postal (audio) \

Kids Definition of postal

: relating to the post office or the sending and delivery of mail postal rates

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