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[pohst-mis-tris] /ˈpoʊstˌmɪs trɪs/
a woman in charge of a post office.
Origin of postmistress
1690-1700; post3 + mistress
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On inquiring of the postmistress they gain some information regarding the lady they are in search of.

    The Youth of Goethe Peter Hume Brown
  • The letter was then produced, and examined by the postmistress.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • Then her note changed, for the postmistress appeared from behind the rhododendrons.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • I tried to wake the postmistress, when he heard me and I had to run for my life.

  • She could hear Mrs. Leat, the widow who acted as postmistress, walking about over her head.

    Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
  • "It is all of a piece with the villains that owned it," the postmistress exclaimed at last.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • It seemed to me a very clear case of genius, and the postmistress's facts rankled in my mind till I couldn't stand it any longer.

    The Minister's Charge William Dean Howells
  • Not a line from you on my birthday, the postmistress averred!

  • He was a godsend to the postmistress, for to his failings or the infirmities of his gig were charged all delays.

    Auld Licht Idyls J. M. Barrie
  • Of course I recognized the three young gentlemen who were accepting the hospitality of Mrs. Friestone, the postmistress.

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