Definition of star route in English:

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star route

noun

US
A postal delivery route served by a private contractor.
Example sentences
  • From about 1817 to 1890, records of various mail and star routes are contained in the Serial Set.
  • The saving, therefore, is on fourth-class offices and star routes discontinued.
  • By 1880, there were nearly 10,000 star routes, costing the federal government nearly $6 million a year to maintain.

Origin

From the use of a star or asterisk to mark the routes in postal records.

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