Definition of postal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊst(ə)l/


1Relating to the post: postal services
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  • He has also raised the issue of whether it is feasible to use postal codes to help improve the postal services around the country.
  • Unlike with postal junk mail, spam places most of the cost burden on recipients and the larger infrastructure.
  • However, I am convinced that the best interests of the town as a whole would be served by the post office returning to a facility dedicated to postal services.
1.1chiefly British Done by post: a postal ballot
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  • He said local bigwigs had come into Asian homes, pressuring voters to cast their postal ballots in front of them - insisting they back Labour.
  • A York document services company was today celebrating its key role in this year's biggest municipal postal ballots in England and Wales.
  • They have applied to the government to ditch the traditional polling booth in favour of a pilot to send out 165,000 eligible voters a postal ballot.


US informal
A postcard.
Example sentences
  • In the area of postal cards, this is one of my favorites, since many of the same types of production anomalies can be found here as well.
  • These postal cards are working models and make an attractive alternative to conventional greetings card
  • Will and Nellie wrote postals (post cards) and letters to each other almost every day.


go postal

US informal Go mad, especially from stress.
With reference to cases in which postal employees ran amok and shot colleagues
Example sentences
  • It was intentional, a case of someone going postal.
  • The talk was that someone went postal at the docks.
  • I guess there's no use in screaming for help since I doubt our friends have gone postal and are out to kill us.



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  • Seemingly the majority of cards on sale are, as the jargon goes, ‘postally unused’, but it is the used ones I find most interesting.
  • Even postally collaborating with his old drinking pal Pollard via their Airport 5 project yielded disappointment.
  • I had played it about one hundred times, face-to-face and postally, back in the late 70s and early 80s, and had regaled them with tales of duplicity - so they just had to try it for themselves.


Mid 19th century: from French, from poste 'postal service'.

Words that rhyme with postal


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