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[pohst-mis-tris] /ˈpoʊstˌmɪs trɪs/
a woman in charge of a post office.
Origin of postmistress
First recorded in 1690-1700; post3 + mistress
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The letter was then produced, and examined by the postmistress.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • “There must be a hole in the mail-pouch,” said the postmistress, in gentle distress.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • The result was Abbie's application for the position of postmistress.

    Abijah's Bubble F. Hopkinson Smith
  • That's why she didn't think she was going to be postmistress long.

    Abijah's Bubble F. Hopkinson Smith
  • I tried to wake the postmistress, when he heard me and I had to run for my life.

  • The postmistress handed him back through the grill his card with a letter.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The postmistress gazed at her with an expression of incredulous pity.

    The Abandoned Farmer

    Sydney Herman Preston
  • "It is all of a piece with the villains that owned it," the postmistress exclaimed at last.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • Then her note changed, for the postmistress appeared from behind the rhododendrons.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • Not a line from you on my birthday, the postmistress averred!

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