postal

adjective
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 The measures, introduced by the new postmaster general, eliminate overtime and instruct postal workers to keep mail for the next day if their deliveries are running late. Asha Prihar, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Want your vote to count in the August primary? Here's how to avoid common absentee ballot mistakes.," 31 July 2020 The possible cutbacks come as DeJoy, a major donor to President Donald Trump who took control of the agency last month, moves to eliminate overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers, potentially causing a delay in mail deliveries. CBS News, "Joe Manchin and head of postal service union warn of possible post office closures," 30 July 2020 The possible cutbacks come as DeJoy, a major donor to President Donald Trump who took control of the agency last month, moves to eliminate overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers, potentially causing a delay in mail deliveries. Author: Anthony Izaguirre, Anchorage Daily News, "Senator, union leader: Postal Service considers downsizing," 30 July 2020 In this crazy-busy digital age, few people think to send postal mail. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Write a Better Condolence Card, According to a Psychologist," 7 July 2020 Still, the pandemic has put a strain on many postal workers’ lives and on mail operations. Ryan Mccarthy And Maryam Jameel, ProPublica, "The Postal Service Is Steadily Getting Worse — Can It Handle a National Mail-In Election?," 15 June 2020 The postal worker then scanned the envelopes correctly and sent them on their way. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Dallas County absentee voters say mailed ballots are inexplicably being returned with days left before election," 11 July 2020 Of course plenty of people deserve thank-yous: teachers, doctors, nurses, postal workers. Vicky Hallett, National Geographic, "Here’s how kids can volunteer, even from home," 23 June 2020 All of the vehicles with missing key fobs, which included the popular Ford F-150, had come through the same facility, according to an affidavit from a postal inspector filed with the criminal complaint. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Who knew key fobs could be so valuable? Investigators accuse man of stealing almost 2,000," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of postal

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of postal was in 1842

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3 Aug 2020

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“Postal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postal. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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postal

adjective
How to pronounce postal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of postal

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

postal

adjective
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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