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poste restante

[pohst re-stahnt or, esp. British, res-tahnt; French pawst res-tahnt]
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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.
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Origin of poste restante

1760–70; < French: literally, standing post
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Examples from the Web for poste restante

Historical Examples

  • If you've got a pad there, please send it poste-restante to Avignon.

    The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 4, 1886-1900

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Write to me at the poste-restante, and tell me when and where I can see you alone.

    The Lost Lady of Lone

    E.D.E.N. Southworth

  • The latter she handed to me, and I found it was addressed in my name, and had been sent to the Poste-restante.

    The Count's Chauffeur

    William Le Queux

  • No doubt the porter's nephew will return to-day from the Poste-Restante with a letter.

  • By leaving your address at the poste-restante, you have all your letters sent to you at the hotel without delay.


British Dictionary definitions for poste restante

poste restante

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
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US and Canadian equivalent: general delivery

Word Origin

French, literally: mail remaining
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