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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Other Words from postmaster

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

Examples of postmaster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In May Mr Trump installed a new postmaster-general, Louis DeJoy. The Economist, 16 Aug. 2020 No supervisor was at hand to monitor compliance with rules and regulations, leaving each postmaster free to build business in his or her own way. Marc Levinson, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2021 In 1857, George Mehring served as Bruceville’s postmaster, but his primary occupation was milling. Mary Ann Ashcraft,, 8 Aug. 2021 Poling was nominated to the commission by former President Donald Trump, who also appointed DeJoy to his role as postmaster. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 23 July 2021 Here's what has happened since DeJoy's appointment as postmaster. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 19 June 2021 Taking the helm is Eddie Morgan Jr., who most recently served as postmaster of Kansas City, Mo. Alice Yin,, 17 June 2021 Lars Johan Stark emigrated from Sweden at age 24 in 1850, becoming an early postmaster and legislator in Chisago County. Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 But a shortage in 1855 prompted British Guiana's postmaster to commission a new series from a local newspaper printer, according to Sotheby's. CNN, 8 June 2021

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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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25 Oct 2021

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“Postmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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