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 Imagine how much your HOA might save annually if all members agreed to accept email instead of postal mail. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2022 The populist party’s strong showing was confirmed Wednesday evening, three days after a vote so close that the final result had to wait for postal and other outstanding votes to be counted. Vanessa Gera And Jan M. Olsen, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Sep. 2022 That’s on top of earlier accomplishments, such as a bipartisan postal reform bill, reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act with strengthened protections for Indigenous women, and confirming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 13 Sep. 2022 However a large number of overseas and postal votes are still to be counted, and the outcome could change, with a definitive result not expected for several days. Dominic Chopping, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 After all, the queen’s face and name are everywhere — on Britain’s money and postal stamps, on an air terminal at Heathrow and on London’s newest subway line. Adam Geller, ajc, 10 Sep. 2022 New postal boxes will feature the new monarch's Royal Cypher, according to the outlet. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 The states are represented in the puzzle by their postal abbreviations — UT, CO, NM and AZ, when read clockwise from the northwest — and each one has to be written into a single square. Deb Amlen, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2022 However, some postal services and banks will be either scaled back or closed down, while manstudents and workers will get the day off. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of postal

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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postage stamp


postal address

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21 Sep 2022

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“Postal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of postal for Spanish Speakers


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