posthouse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n posthouse an inn for exchanging post horses and accommodating riders
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Posthouse A house established for the convenience of the post, where relays of horses can be obtained.
    • Posthouse A house for distributing the malls; a post office.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n posthouse A house where relays of post-horses are kept for the convenience of travelers.
    • n posthouse A post-office.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Posthouse a house where horses are kept for the use of parties posting: a post-office
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. poste—L. ponĕre, positum, to place.

Usage

In literature:

There are no proper hotels or posthouses on the little-frequented Norwegian roads; but the wealthy peasants undertake the duties of both.
"Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North" by Ida Pfeiffer
He did not believe, however, that I should travel so far, for he had seen to it that I should find no horses at the posthouses.
"Bardelys the Magnificent" by Rafael Sabatini
Said my master, Did you send your letter away to the posthouse, my good girl, for your father?
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
They seemed to be annoyed at every posthouse with their passports, &c.; I was never even asked about the matter.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12, Issue 345, December 6, 1828" by Various
Our driver took us, according to their custom, to the posthouse.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
He stops when he pleases, and his servants prepare his meals, sometimes in the open air, but generally at the posthouse.
"Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 7th ed. Vol. 2 of 2" by John Lloyd Stephens
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In news:

The small Posthouse museum inside a replica 14th-century Dutch inn presents a video explaining life in the Netherlands, windmills and the 1960s relocation of De Zwaan.
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