star route

noun

Definition of star route 

: a mail-delivery route in a rural or thinly populated area served by a private carrier under contract who takes mail from one post office to another or from a railroad station to a post office and usually also delivers mail to private mailboxes along the route

First Known Use of star route

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for star route

from the asterisk used to designate such routes in postal publications

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