[pohst re-stahnt or, esp. British, res-tahnt; French pawst res-tahnt]
- a direction written on mail to indicate that it should be held at the post office until called for by the addressee.
- Chiefly British. a department in charge of such mail.
Origin of poste restante
1760–70; < French: literally, standing post
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Examples from the Web for poste restante
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
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.Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo
W. Cope Devereux
- (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
- the mail-delivery service or post-office department that handles mail having this address
US and Canadian equivalent: general delivery
French, literally: mail remaining
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