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

  • n. A notation written on a letter indicating that the letter should be held at the post office until claimed by the addressee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A postal service in which mail is held at a post office to be collected by the recipient

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In France and other countries of Europe and America, a department in a post-office where letters specially addressed are kept till the owners call for them.

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

  • n. a notation written on mail that is to be held at the post office until called for (not in the United States or Canada)
  • n. the part of a post office that handles mail for persons who call for it


French : poste, mail + restante, feminine present participle of rester, to remain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French (Wiktionary)


  • José’s husband then planned to post his share of the money addressed to himself, poste restante, at his local post office.



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