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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The way you two communicate — via email and now postal letter — is passive and one-sided. Amy Dickinson,, "Wife hates husband's secret lingerie habit," 14 July 2018 Russian words for money (den’gi), treasury (kazna) and customs (tamozhnia) are all of Mongol-Turkic origin, and the Mongols’ system of yam postal relay networks became the backbone of the Russian empire. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Russia’s Turn to Its Asian Past," 6 July 2018 Being a distribution expert in Singapore (whose former postal monopoly is now 14% owned by Alibaba) brings little insight into distributing packages throughout Indonesia’s 17,500 islands, say. The Economist, "Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets," 5 July 2018 In 2014-15, the program shifted to a wholly online system, saving the agency more than $100,000 in printing and postal costs and making the system much more efficient. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Lottery-like public program offers expanded Texas hunting opportunities," 30 June 2018 For the rest of the banking system — a hodgepodge of smaller commercial banks, postal savings banks and other savings institutions — the central bank’s move frees up $31 billion. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Moves to Shore Up Economy as Slowdown and Trade Fight Loom," 24 June 2018 Her father, who emigrated from Gort, a town in County Galway, worked in South Station for the Boston and Maine Railroad in the postal and mail departments. Bryan Marquard,, "Mary J. Kakas, 78, tireless philanthropist and fur company CEO," 4 June 2018 Thousands of Irish citizens living overseas traveled home to vote in the referendum, which did not have a postal vote option. Time, "Irish Vote by Landslide to Repeal Abortion Ban, According to Exit Polls," 25 May 2018 He is also suspected of robbing a postal truck, police said. Laura Mcknight,, "2nd man arrested in string of robberies at New Orleans restaurants," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of postal

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to postal

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postal address

the Postal Service

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The first known use of postal was in 1842

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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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