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general delivery

a postal service that delivers mail to a specific post office where it is held for pickup by the addressee.
the postal department that handles such mail.
Origin of general delivery
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sometimes they were sent to a street number, but often to general delivery.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

    Emma Speed Sampson
  • At Dijon, general delivery, and do not forget my titles and degrees!

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • Address me there care of general delivery if you ever want to see me again.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • All this degrades him, of course, but it improves the lecture for general delivery.

    The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Can you go in to the post-office and ask for a package for me at general delivery?

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • He gave her a telegram and a letter from the general delivery.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • Then she went to the general delivery window, tense for a new ordeal.

    Miss Lulu Bett

    Zona Gale
  • Mark the package, general delivery, and let me have it soon.

    Dark Hollow Anna Katherine Green
  • A general delivery clerk at the post-office testified that the letter addressed to Dave Kittymunks had passed through his hands.

    The Colossus Opie Read
British Dictionary definitions for general delivery

general delivery

noun (US & Canadian)
an address on mail indicating that it should be kept at a specified post office until collected by the addressee
the mail-delivery service or post-office department that handles mail having this address
Also called (not in the US or Canada) poste restante
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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