Definition of postal in English:

postal

Syllabification: post·al
Pronunciation: /ˈpōstəl
 
/

adjective

[attributive]
1Of or relating to the post office or the mail: increased postal rates 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 through the mail: a postal ballot a postal survey
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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.

noun

(in full postal card) US informal Back to top  
another term for postcard.
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  • 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.

Origin

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

Phrases

go postal

US informal Become crazed and violent, especially as the result of stress.
[with reference to cases in which disgruntled employees of the US Postal Service have shot colleagues]
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  • 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.

Derivatives

postally

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

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