Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who is in charge of the operations of a local post office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the head of a post office
  • n. the administrator of an electronic mail system
  • n. A kind of scholar at Merton College, Oxford; portionist.
  • n. One who has charge of a station for the accommodation of travellers; one who supplies post horses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who has charge of a station for the accommodation of travelers; one who supplies post horses.
  • n. One who has charge of a post office, and the distribution and forwarding of mails.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The official who has charge of a post-station and provides post-horses, etc.
  • n. The official who has the superintendence and general direction of a post-office, of the receipt and despatch of mails, etc.
  • n. In Merton College, Oxford, a scholar who is supported on the foundation. Also called portionist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the person in charge of a post office

Etymologies

post + master (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As if this were not sinister enough, the letter goes on to threaten that if the sub-postmaster is deemed not to have lied to his or her customers in the appropriate and approved manner their compensation package would be at risk.

    I Am Become Death the Destroyer of Truth

  • The postmaster is a surly and incompetent manager.

    Frustration with mail situation in Jocotepec

  • When I called the postmaster, he said that he wasn't sure I understood what the form was for he'd highlighted the bit about "sexually provocative material".

    April 20th, 2003

  • I do not know that our village postmaster is exceptionally inattentive to his functions, but there is a careless, reckless, easy-go-lucky kind of way of doing business in this country which suits the hasty existence of the natives themselves, and the character and disposition of their Irish fellow-citizens, but which is gall and wormwood to English residents of my stamp.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters

  • I soon observed that some one called the postmaster aside in a way which did not appear entirely devoid of mystery, and I acknowledge I felt some degree of alarm.

    The Memoirs of Napoleon

  • The check was lost in the mail for a couple of weeks, and I called the postmaster (it was a small town) to see if he could help track it.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • And you also think the president isn’t a citizen and that my postmaster is some how wrapped up in some absurd imaginary global climate hoax, so I mean who really cares?

    Think Progress » Brown victory party featured flag calling for a ‘second’ revolution, tea party-inspired civil war.

  • I think you have a letter in the box, addressed to Mr. The postmaster was a short man, and consequently a man with a proper idea of his own importance.

    No Name

  • And promptly called the postmaster to let her know.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • Act. The Gauteng tender is one of most lucrative government banking contracts, with the successful bank holding up to R17 billion in the so-called postmaster-general account, the equivalent of a current account.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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