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.

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This arrangement takes advantage of the low China-to-U.S. postal rates that are currently intact. 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 Also unclear is why Missouri residents were assigned Iowa and Arkansas postal addresses in the first place. Jim Salter, The Seattle Times, "Quirk resolved: Border Missourians get Missouri addresses," 25 Sep. 2018 Some 300 police would arrive at the newsroom in the next hours — everyone from FBI agents and postal inspectors to the local Anne Arundel County Police. Tim Prudente,, "In Capital Gazette shooting, police find themselves helping reporters they know well," 29 June 2018 And then there’s Urban Art Gallery, the five-year-old brainchild of Morris, a postal carrier, real estate investor, and art lover. Valerie Russ,, "Part safe space, part beacon, West Philly's Urban Art Gallery 'bridges the gap between violence and peace'," 11 July 2018 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

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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 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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