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post office

an office or station of a government postal system at which mail is received and sorted, from which it is dispatched and distributed, and at which stamps are sold or other services rendered.
(often initial capital letter) the department of a government charged with the transportation of mail.
a game in which one player is designated “postmaster” or “postmistress” and calls another player of the opposite sex into an adjoining room, ostensibly to receive a letter but actually to receive a kiss.
Origin of post office
First recorded in 1625-35
Related forms
post-office, adjective Unabridged
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  • I went down to the post office once and got a bill about the Navy!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Springfield had a church, and a school, and a post office, and a tavern.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • Beriah Higgins and the mail bag were already in the post office.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The "club" was one of the rooms over Mr. Higgins's store and post office.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I inquired about you, was given your address at the post office, and hunted you up.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for post office

post office

a building or room where postage stamps are sold and other postal business is conducted

Post Office

a government department or authority in many countries responsible for postal services and often telecommunications
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Word Origin and History for post office

1650s, "public department in charge of letter-carrying," from post (n.3) + office. Meaning "building where postal business is carried on" is from 1650s. In slang or euphemistic sense of "a sexual game" it refers to an actual parlor game first attested early 1850s in which pretend "letters" were paid for by kisses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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