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.
Words nearby general delivery
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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