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[pohst-muh n] /ˈpoʊst mən/
noun, plural postmen.
a postal employee who carries and delivers mail; mail carrier.
Archaic. a courier.
Origin of postman1
1520-30; post3 + -man
Usage note
See -man.


[pohst-muh n] /ˈpoʊst mən/
noun, plural postmen. Old English Law.
a barrister in the Court of Exchequer who had precedence in motions.
Compare tubman.
1760-70; post1 + -man Unabridged
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  • "Five hundred—d'ye say five" said the postman from the half of his mouth that was clear.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • And through that week the watching for the postman went on—went on.

  • One morning, when the postman failed to come, she grew impatient and began to pace to and fro, from her chair to the window.

    A Simple Soul Gustave Flaubert
  • This was addressed to the postman, who came in with the afternoon delivery of letters.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He became very restless at last, and did little but walk around the park, returning occasionally as the hour for the postman came.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for postman


noun (pl) -men, -women
a person who carries and delivers mail as a profession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for postman

1520s, from post (n.3) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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