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  1. a woman in charge of a post office.
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Origin of postmistress

First recorded in 1690–1700; post3 + mistress

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for postmistress

Historical Examples of postmistress

  • The letter was then produced, and examined by the postmistress.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • “There must be a hole in the mail-pouch,” said the postmistress, in gentle distress.

    A Young Man in a Hurry

    Robert W. Chambers

  • That's why she didn't think she was going to be postmistress long.

    Abijah's Bubble

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • The result was Abbie's application for the position of postmistress.

    Abijah's Bubble

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • I tried to wake the postmistress, when he heard me and I had to run for my life.