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[pohst-muh n] /ˈpoʊst mən/
noun, plural postmen.
a postal employee who carries and delivers mail; mail carrier.
Archaic. a courier.
Origin of postman1
First recorded in 1520-30; post3 + -man
Usage note
See -man.


[pohst-muh n] /ˈpoʊst mən/
noun, plural postmen. Old English Law.
a barrister in the Court of Exchequer who had precedence in motions.
Compare tubman.
First recorded in 1760-70; post1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You used to look happier when the postman brought you something from him.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • And through that week the watching for the postman went on—went on.

  • This was addressed to the postman, who came in with the afternoon delivery of letters.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "Here, take it," the postman said in a tone of ruthless finality.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • I've asked the postman nearly every day if there was no letter for me.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth
British Dictionary definitions for postman


noun (pl) -men, -women
a person who carries and delivers mail as a profession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for postman

1520s, from post (n.3) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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