postmaster

[ pohst-mas-ter, -mah-ster ]
/ ˈpoʊstˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər /

noun

the official in charge of a post office.
(formerly) the master of a station that furnished post horses to travelers.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. postlude,
  2. postman,
  3. postman's knock,
  4. postmark,
  5. postmarked,
  6. postmaster general,
  7. postmature,
  8. postmenopausal,
  9. postmenstrual,
  10. postmeridian

Origin of postmaster

First recorded in 1505–15; post3 + master

Related formspost·mas·ter·ship, nounsub·post·mas·ter, nounsub·post·mas·ter·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for postmaster

postmaster

/ (ˈpəʊstˌmɑːstə) /

noun

an official in charge of a local post officeAlso (feminine): postmistress
the person responsible for managing the electronic mail at a site
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Word Origin and History for postmaster

postmaster

n.

1510s, from post (n.3) + master (n.).

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