post·​mas·​ter | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌma-stər How to pronounce postmaster (audio) \

Definition of postmaster

1 : one who has charge of a post office
2 : one who has charge of a station for the accommodation of travelers or who supplies post-horses

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postmastership \ ˈpōs(t)-​ˌma-​stər-​ˌship How to pronounce postmastership (audio) \ noun

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The coconuts, in plentiful supply, are donated by villagers, says postmaster Roxann Tancayo. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mail carrier delivers an unusual object to San Diego Opera," 16 Sep. 2019 His father was publisher of the Verndale, MN Sun and postmaster in that city, and publisher of Moose Lake, MN Star Gazette., "Deaths in South Florida: 8/20," 20 Aug. 2019 His father, an Italian immigrant who changed his name from Colagrossi, was a professional boxer and later a postmaster. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Michael Colgrass, composer who used humor and headstands to win listeners, dies at 87," 6 July 2019 Master of ceremonies Jeffrey Smith took a moment at the presentation’s start to acknowledge the recent passing of two longtime Owl Club members: Federal Judge Wiley Daniel and retired postmaster Lloyd Shelton. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "SEEN: The Owl Club Debutante Cotillion," 19 June 2019 The tunnel to this remote village only opened in 2004—before that, access required a demanding hike over a mountain, which the postmaster managed three times a week. Josephine Price, National Geographic, "Visit 18 wild and beautiful Scandinavian islands," 21 May 2019 Photo: Clare Ansberry/The Wall Street Journal Mrs. Jaster has been on dialysis since 2015 and Janine Moris, a retired postmaster living on a farm 22 miles away, takes her to Grand Forks weekly for treatment. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "For Elderly in Rural Areas, Volunteers Step In," 10 Dec. 2018 That wore on Mason, whose aviator father was given the truck as payment by the postmaster in Wickenburg. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Arcadia Fourth of July Parade: 'Unity instead of division'," 4 July 2018 The nation’s first Postmaster General Samuel Osgood forced her out as postmaster in 1789. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Remembering the Woman Who 'Signed' the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of postmaster

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of postmaster was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of postmaster

: a person who is in charge of a post office


post·​mas·​ter | \ ˈpōst-ˌma-stər How to pronounce postmaster (audio) \

Kids Definition of postmaster

: a person in charge of a post office

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