post·​mas·​ter ˈpōs(t)-ˌma-stər How to pronounce postmaster (audio)
: one who has charge of a post office
: one who has charge of a station for the accommodation of travelers or who supplies post-horses
postmastership noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An enterprising businessman, William Barnard, took advantage of his role as postmaster to name the post office after his company that provided lighters, large rafts for unloading ships. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2022 Richard Hopkins' claim that a postmaster in Erie, Pa., instructed postal workers to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day was cited by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) in a letter to the Justice Department calling for a federal investigation. Shawn Boburg And Jacob Bogage Washington Post, Star Tribune, 10 Nov. 2020 The Nome postmaster also filed a complaint demanding the immediate transfer of the mail to a ship willing to attempt a landing. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Dec. 2022 Some of the postmaster’s fiercest critics praised the announcement. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2022 Joya, then a Muslim and the daughter of a senior postmaster from Harrow in northwest London, had ambitions of becoming a suicide bomber. Dallas News, 3 Mar. 2022 And then blues filling up your postmaster, which is sorted only by recency priority. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 John Wells, postmaster at Kirtland, went to school with her at the old Western Reserve seminary, and remembers her as a young woman of unusual beauty. cleveland, 29 Oct. 2022 Richter was eventually allowed back at his usual spots after Bosma wrote a letter to the Indianapolis postmaster. Kristine Phillips, The Indianapolis Star, 29 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Postmaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


post·​mas·​ter -ˌmas-tər How to pronounce postmaster (audio)
: a person in charge of a post office

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