[ pohst-mis-tris ]

  1. Older Use. a woman in charge of a post office.

Origin of postmistress

First recorded in 1690–1700; post3 + mistress

usage note For postmistress

See -ess.

Words Nearby postmistress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use postmistress in a sentence

  • In 2016 we found what we needed when we learned of the Brienne Trunk, which belonged to a 17th-­century postmaster and postmistress in the Netherlands.

    Unfolding history | Jane L. Dambrogio | October 27, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
  • The letter was then produced, and examined by the postmistress.

    Auld Licht Idylls | J. M. Barrie
  • Mrs. Goodyear is serving as postmistress of Starbuck and is a lady of more than ordinary business ability.

  • The little postmistress wondered at the radiance which illumined the face of the lovely lady.

    Glory of Youth | Temple Bailey
  • The postmistress had overlooked it, and had given it to Robert, when he went afterwards, not knowing that we had been.