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

Examples of postmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Oregon, the problem was that while Hayes won the popular vote and thus the state’s three electors, one of them was a county postmaster. Ron Grossman,, "Flashback: All the twists and turns of the election of 1876. Spoiler: We came close to major civil strife.," 25 Sep. 2020 Todd was appointed the postmaster in Lexington in 1861 after Lincoln became president. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Abraham Lincoln's lock of hair sells for more than $81,000 at auction," 14 Sep. 2020 The local area postmaster must approve the removal and must post a sign on the box for 30 days with an address and phone number so the public can make comments. USA Today, "USPS removes thousands of mailboxes each year. In 2020, mail-in ballots make it political.," 31 Aug. 2020 DeJoy became postmaster in June and immediately implemented measures including a hiring freeze, eliminating overtime and removing sorting machines from some locations. USA Today, "USPS removes thousands of mailboxes each year. In 2020, mail-in ballots make it political.," 31 Aug. 2020 Abraham Lincoln was a postmaster in Illinois, and Harry Truman served as one in Missouri. Washington Post, "Trump, beware: Americans have a deep, enduring love for the Postal Service," 28 Aug. 2020 By all accounts, twenty-something Abraham Lincoln did a good job as the postmaster for New Salem, Illinois, in the 1830s. David Beard, National Geographic, "They were famous—and delivered your mail," 20 Aug. 2020 Geology students helped collect about 100 kilograms of Murchison, and a local postmaster mailed pieces of it to labs across the world. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "An unusual meteorite, more valuable than gold, may hold the building blocks of life," 13 Aug. 2020 Louis DeJoy, who ran a large logistics firm, was brought in as the postmaster-general in May with a mandate to fix its finances by finding savings. The Economist, "The postmaster always rings twice More mail-in voting doubles the chances of recounts in close states," 22 Aug. 2020

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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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“Postmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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