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

  • n. The public department responsible for the transportation and delivery of the mails. Also called postal service.
  • n. A local office where mail is received, sorted, and delivered, and where stamps and other postal materials are sold.
  • n. A game in which kisses are exchanged for pretended letters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place (building, office, shop, or counter) concerned with the business of delivering letters, post or mail and selling stamps, etc.
  • n. An organisation that delivers letters (for example, Canada Post, Royal Mail, United States Postal Service).
  • n. A children's game.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The governmental system for forwarding mail matter.
  • n. See under 4th post.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An office or place where letters are received for transmission to various destinations, and from which letters are delivered that have been received from places at home and abroad. Abbreviated P. O.
  • n. A department of the government charged with the conveyance of letters, etc., by post.

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

  • n. a local branch where postal services are available
  • n. a children's game in which kisses are exchanged for pretended letters
  • n. an independent agency of the federal government responsible for mail delivery (and sometimes telecommunications) between individuals and businesses in the United States


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  • When they reached Glencolumbkille, the post office was closed, but the publican at the óstan, the inn next door, knew the Maguire place.


  • Downtown consists of all of one stoplight (which blinks after seven p.m.), the Hitching Post, the Veterans Hall, Sheer Wonder hair salon, the bank, the Stop & Shop (which has the post office counter inside), and the Get Away (the fine dining experience in Wheatonprovided your definition of fine dining includes paper napkins and chicken-fried steak).

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  • The teenage boy who jumped off the Fairlee-Orford train bridge into the Connecticut River one frigid March; the mother from North Conway who vanished with a pot still boiling on the stove and a toddler in the playpen; the baby snatched out of a car in the Strafford post office parking lot while her sitter was inside dropping off a large package.


  • IN RESPONSE TO MY Postcard with a view of Novy Svet, my mother sends a letter to the local post office marked “general delivery.”

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • If you should decide to visit Donegal, just ask at the post office in Glencolumbkille and they will direct you to this house.


  • The post office was well organized by Postmaster-General Nagler.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In downtown Briery Swamp, a spider in the rubble of the old post office felt a strange vibration in the atmosphere.

    May Bird, Warrior Princess

  • Because after the head rush of the first-honors ceremony I had run to the post office to grab my grades.


  • Together we marched down Csaba Utca to the post office where Mama made her phone calls.

    Enemies of the People

  • Caused by greed and a lack of understanding of statistics, the fad sprang up in Denver, deluging the post office with nearly a hundred thousand letters a day.

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