postman

1
[ pohst-muh n ]
/ ˈpoʊst mən /

noun, plural post·men.

a postal employee who carries and delivers mail; mail carrier.
Archaic. a courier.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. posting,
  2. postlapsarian,
  3. postliminium,
  4. postliminy,
  5. postlude,
  6. postman's knock,
  7. postmark,
  8. postmarked,
  9. postmaster,
  10. postmaster general

Origin of postman

1
First recorded in 1520–30; post3 + -man

Usage note

See -man.

postman

2
[ pohst-muh n ]
/ ˈpoʊst mən /

noun, plural post·men. Old English Law.

a barrister in the Court of Exchequer who had precedence in motions.
Compare tubman.

Origin of postman

2
First recorded in 1760–70; post1 + -man

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British Dictionary definitions for postman

postman

feminine postwoman

/ (ˈpəʊstmən) /

noun plural -men or -women

a person who carries and delivers mail as a profession
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Word Origin and History for postman

postman

n.

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

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