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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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 Wanamaker’s tumultuous term as postmaster general for the Republican president Benjamin Harrison—which began with firing thousands of Democratic postmasters but later brought about the establishment of rural free delivery—gets short shrift. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "‘Wanamaker’s Temple’ Review: Merchandise and Moral Uplift," 28 Oct. 2018 That same year, in 1775, she was appointed postmaster of Baltimore. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Remembering the Woman Who 'Signed' the Declaration of Independence," 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 Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado , who has won 24 riding titles in Maryland and rode 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, has been named the honorary postmaster for the 143rd Preakness on Saturday., "Digest (May 12): Prado earns honorary 'post' for Preakness," 12 May 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 Before that, the last time prosecutors sought the death penalty in an Alaska case was in 1997, in a case against Abram Walter, who was accused of slaying a Ruby postmaster. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. attorney seeks death penalty against Palmer man charged in double homicide," 20 June 2018 Then Alexander Purdie, the postmaster at the time, bought him. Patricia R. Olsen, New York Times, "Portraying 18th-Century Black Men in Colonial Williamsburg," 8 June 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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