Definition of General Post Office in English:

General Post Office


  • 1Originally and chiefly British. The central office established in London with responsibility for the collection and dispatch of mail; (in extended use) the department responsible for the mail service of the United Kingdom (also during the 20th cent. for telecommunications). Abbreviated G.P.O. Now historical.

  • 2The main post office in a town or city. Formerly also: †any post office which receives letters for transmission by the general post (obsolete).


Mid 17th century. From general + post office. Compare later general post.


General Post Office

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