a postal service that delivers mail to a specific post office where it is held for pickup by the addressee.
the postal department that handles such mail.
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Origin of general delivery
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for general delivery
noun US and Canadian
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
Also called (not in the US or Canada): poste restante
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