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postmaster general

noun, plural postmasters general.
  1. the executive head of the postal system of a country.
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Origin of postmaster general

First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for postmaster general

Historical Examples

  • These dies and plates are always subject to the order of the Postmaster-general.

    Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia


  • The design for a new postage stamp has been approved by the Postmaster-General.

  • A reference to the Postmaster-General's report for that year would give his name.

  • Mr. Mulock, the Postmaster-General, has chosen the new inaugurating stamp.

  • And has the pillory or the penitentiary been the reward of that Postmaster-general?

British Dictionary definitions for postmaster general

postmaster general

noun plural postmasters general
  1. the executive head of the postal service in certain countries
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postmaster general in Culture

postmaster general

The head of the United States Postal Service. Until 1970, the postmaster general was head of the federal Post Office Department and a member of the president's cabinet. In 1970, the Postal Service was set up as an independent agency in place of the Post Office Department. The Postal Service is operated like a private corporation, although postal workers receive the benefits of federal employees.

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