post·​box | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌbäks How to pronounce postbox (audio) \

Definition of postbox

: mailbox especially : a public mailbox

Examples of postbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the 2020 election will surely own mail-in voting’s tipping-point moment in the history books, statistics show that voters were increasingly choosing to drop their ballots in the corner postbox long before this year. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Will the US election get decided on election night ever again?," 6 Nov. 2020 Privacy rules designed for the landline phone, postbox and filing cabinet urgently need to be strengthened for the age of the smartphone, e-mail and cloud computing. The Economist, "Does China’s digital police state have echoes in the West?," 31 May 2018 The explosion destroyed buildings but a cast iron red postbox not far from the blast site remained unscathed; its image came to symbolize the resilience of the city. Jane Merrick, CNN, "A shocking attack, but Britain is no stranger to terror," 23 May 2017 Early on Tuesday morning, a picture of the same iconic postbox was shared hundreds of times on Twitter to represent how Manchester would once again remain steadfast in the face of terror. Jane Merrick, CNN, "A shocking attack, but Britain is no stranger to terror," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of postbox

1754, in the meaning defined above

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“Postbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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