[pohst-mas-ter, -mah-ster]


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

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

Related Words for postmaster

mail, GPO, PO

Examples from the Web for postmaster

Contemporary Examples of postmaster

Historical Examples of postmaster

  • Darnay asked the postmaster, when he had thanked him, and stood beside him in the yard.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • I wouldn't do that, not even for—for—secretary—for the postmaster—general, I wouldn't!

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • "There's two lunatics in that place," he told the postmaster.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He acted as postmaster for the colonies, and served on many committees.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Paul Elmer More

  • He is a postmaster of Oughterard, and a kind of factotum in the town.

British Dictionary definitions for postmaster



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper