post·​al | \ˈpō-stᵊl \

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.

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On Sunday, officials in Miami-Dade County received 266 ballots that were found at a postal facility. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Florida Recounts Begin as Both Sides Dig In for Fight," 11 Nov. 2018 For Wish, the threat of postal rate hikes sound like a big problem for now — even if the rhetoric turns out later to have just been a negotiating tactic. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Trump’s latest China threat could crush the $8 billion Amazon competitor Wish. Here’s its plan to fight back.," 18 Oct. 2018 The development highlights the tight controls Israel maintains over many aspects — even the mundane like postal delivery — of Palestinian life. Fox News, "Palestinians sort through 8 years of mail held by Israel," 19 Aug. 2018 Most colleges no longer use postal mail to communicate with students about financial matters. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "The Key to Avoiding Financial Surprises on the First Day of College," 5 Aug. 2018 But Japan's postal savings system also serves as a cautionary tale. David Lazarus,, "Post offices that are also banks? Genius idea. But don't hold your breath," 1 May 2018 And the concept is more than proven; at present, only about 7 percent of the world’s national postal systems don’t offer some form of banking services. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Have a Plan to Save the Post Office – and Kill Payday Lenders," 25 Apr. 2018 The world is lopsided,’’ declared Michele Augustine, a 65-year-old retired U.S. postal clerk. Daniela Altimari,, "Bridgeport's Ganim, In Bid To Be Governor, Takes His Message To Hartford," 2 May 2018 The postal clerk there even hand-cancels every envelope — protecting the expensive stationary — with a postmark featuring interlocking hearts or doves. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Finicky Brides Are Flocking to This Oregon Post Office," 4 June 2015

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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 \

Kids Definition of postal

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

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