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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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  • And since letters sometimes took months to deliver, the derelict postman would have absconded long since, anyway.
  • Well, postman, it is only fair to note that violence in ivory towers is extremely low nowadays.
  • If you notice the picture of the postman on that page, thats basically my position.
  • He was proud she had more friends than a postman with a bag full of welfare checks.
  • In the past he has worked as a postman, barman, factory hand and pop group manager.
  • The events aren't exactly telegraphed in advance, but delivered slowly by a postman with sore feet.
British Dictionary definitions for postman


noun (pl) -men, -women
a person who carries and delivers mail as a profession
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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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