• WordNet 3.6
    • n postmaster the person in charge of a post office
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1755, the first Canadian post office opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fist Deputy Postmaster General was American inventor Benjamin Franklin who was later dismissed for sympathizing with the American revolutionary cause
    • Postmaster One who has charge of a post office, and the distribution and forwarding of mails.
    • Postmaster One who has charge of a station for the accommodation of travelers; one who supplies post horses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n postmaster The official who has charge of a post-station and provides post-horses, etc.
    • n postmaster The official who has the superintendence and general direction of a post-office, of the receipt and despatch of mails, etc. In the United States postmasters are classed with reference to their salaries: all those receiving $1,000 or over annually are appointed by the President; all who receive under that sum are appointed by the Postmaster-General. Abbreviated P. M..
    • n postmaster In Merton College, Oxford, a scholar who is supported on the foundation. Also called portionist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Postmaster the manager or superintendent of a post-office: one who supplies posthorses: at Merton College, Oxford, a scholar who is supported on the foundation
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  • Kin Hubbard
    “Politics makes strange postmasters.”


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


In literature:

That Ablishn Postmaster at the Corners hed become to me a nitemare.
"“Swingin Round the Cirkle.”" by Petroleum V. Nasby
Abe has been appointed Postmaster.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
It was not a lock box, and she had to ask the postmaster for the letter.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
There were only two clerks besides the proprietor, who was postmaster as well.
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The postmaster rose, and in a second the small man and Amidon followed his example.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Our guide was the postmaster of Plavishovitza, who professed a knowledge of the country round about.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
The parcels post system advocated by Postmaster General George von L. Meyer should be established.
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
The postmaster regarded him suspiciously.
"August First" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
Cooperstown was then first included in a post route, and a post office was opened in the village, with Joseph Griffin as postmaster.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
It was seven-thirty when the two detectives entered the home of the village postmaster and revealed their identity.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin

In news:

Cascade Locks — Debra Reed-Sharp, postmaster of Cascade Locks, recently won the Postmaster of the Year Award from the National League of Postmasters for Oregon.
Ex- postmaster pleads guilty to stealing.
The former Columbia postmaster arrested in March on suspicion of attempting to steal clothing and sunglasses from a Columbia department store pleaded guilty yesterday.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe speaks at a convention at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Tuesday.
WA retired postmaster 's experiment shows mail scam.
Share A small town Missouri ex- postmaster has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired with two other people to rob an Eagle Rock convenience store called Uncle Al's.
Postmaster Gets Look At Buffalo Site On Closing List.
US Postal Service Postmaster General Patrick Donohoe made that clear during a brief visit he made to Buffalo Tuesday morning.
Postmaster Marilyn Farley, left, with the Kingdom City Post Office had her last day before retirement Tuesday.
Postmaster named citizen of the month.
Lake George postmaster Iris Olson is taking a wait-and-see approach as federal postal officials determine the fate of her facility.
Lancaster's new postmaster is making history in numerous ways.
1st female minority postmaster .
Lancaster has a new postmaster and the woman who has filled the position is making history.
She is not only the first woman postmaster , but also the first minority postmaster .