poste restante

[ pohst re-stahnt or, esp. British, res-tahnt; French pawst res-tahnt ]
/ ˌpoʊst rɛˈstɑnt or, esp. British, ˈrɛs tɑnt; French pɔst rɛsˈtɑ̃t /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for poste restante

poste restante

/ (ˈpəʊst rɪˈstænt, French pɔst rɛstɑ̃t) /


(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

Word Origin for poste restante

French, literally: mail remaining
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