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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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 According to the organization, it was launched in 1953 when a postal worker in Park Ridge, William Knaack, noticed a need. Karie Angell Luc,, "A reason to cheer: Avenues to Independence celebrates 65 years," 19 June 2018 The stones were once used as waypoints along the historic corridor spanning from Boston to Manhattan along Upper Boston Post Road and by postal workers to determine their mail-carrying rates. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Mile markers dating back to the 1700s restored across Massachusetts," 5 June 2018 The Portland Rose Festival followed two years later, with roses, plucked from public plants and home gardens, covering parade floats and cars, and marching postal workers filling their leather mailbags with the city's signature pink roses. Janet Eastman,, "See why Portland's called the 'City of Roses' at Oregon Historical Society exhibit (photos, video)," 8 May 2018

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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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