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poste restante

[pohst re-stahnt or, esp. British, res-tahnt; French pawst res-tahnt] /ˌpoʊst rɛˈstɑnt or, esp. British, ˈrɛs tɑnt; French pɔst rɛsˈtɑ̃t/
noun
1.
a direction written on mail to indicate that it should be held at the post office until called for by the addressee.
2.
Chiefly British. a department in charge of such mail.
Origin of poste restante
1760-1770
1760-70; < French: literally, standing post
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poste restante

/ˈpəʊst rɪˈstænt; French pɔst rɛstɑ̃t/
noun
1.
(not in the US and Canada) an address on mail indicating that it should be kept at a specified post office until collected by the addressee
2.
the mail-delivery service or post-office department that handles mail having this address
US and Canadian equivalent general delivery
Word Origin
French, literally: mail remaining
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