[pohst-muh n]

noun, plural post·men.

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

Origin of postman

First recorded in 1520–30; post3 + -man

Usage note

See -man.


[pohst-muh n]

noun, plural post·men. Old English Law.

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

Origin of postman

First recorded in 1760–70; post1 + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for postman

mailman, courier

Examples from the Web for postman

Contemporary Examples of postman

Historical Examples of postman

  • You used to look happier when the postman brought you something from him.

  • And through that week the watching for the postman went on—went on.

  • This was addressed to the postman, who came in with the afternoon delivery of letters.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • "Here, take it," the postman said in a tone of ruthless finality.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • I've asked the postman nearly every day if there was no letter for me.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

British Dictionary definitions for postman


feminine postwoman

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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper