rural route

noun

: a mail-delivery route in a rural free delivery area

Examples of rural route in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These rural routes are the latest trend being used by smugglers, exploiting a lack of border resources, according to a senior U.S Customs Border Patrol official. Mireya Villarreal, ABC News, 7 Dec. 2023 Mail carriers say they’ve been mandated to work on Sundays, delivering mail seven days a week on lonely rural routes that can now take up to 12 hours to complete. Caroline O'Donovan, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 Lindsey, a rural route carrier for the USPS, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck on Alabama Highway 55 near U.S. Highway 84, WAKA reported. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 8 Sep. 2023 Brett Hawkes Hawkes, 71, is an avid cyclist and decided the best way to travel the rural route was on his bike. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2023 When Datsun, Toyota, et al., zeroed in on the population centers of this vast land to build splashy dealerships, Subaru took a lower-profile rural route. Car and Driver, 28 Sep. 2022 The Columbus Dispatch GALLIPOLIS – For 30 years, Michael Miller has delivered mail on the same rural route in southern Ohio’s Gallia County. Sheridan Hendrix, The Enquirer, 18 Aug. 2020 For 30 years, Michael Miller has delivered mail on the same rural route in southern Ohio’s Gallia County. Sheridan Hendrix, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2020 Anna's father, Larry Gorman, spent three decades as a rural route mail carrier. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 3 July 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rural route was in 1852

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“Rural route.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rural%20route. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

rural route

noun
: a postal route in a rural free delivery area
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