Definition of postal in English:

postal

adjective

  • 1Relating to the post.

    ‘postal services’
    • ‘The commission does not have the power to actually set postal rates.’
    • ‘Please contact me with your postal addresses, and I'll do the rest.’
    • ‘There is no exemption of postal goods and services mentioned anywhere in the Fair Tax Act of 2005.’
    • ‘The change also means nearly all residents have received new postal codes.’
    • ‘Telephones, electricity, and postal services served only one percent of the population.’
    • ‘The US postal service and some public safety officials signed contracts for the devices.’
    • ‘Each new postal delivery brings more impassioned pleas to protect the local post office.’
    • ‘Post offices serve many functions apart from postal services and many elderly people cannot travel a great distance to reach one.’
    • ‘He has also raised the issue of whether it is feasible to use postal codes to help improve the postal services around the country.’
    • ‘I don't know if postal services were to blame, but I trust you had a good field.’
    • ‘Anyone out there who would like one, just send me a postal address.’
    • ‘Unlike with postal junk mail, spam places most of the cost burden on recipients and the larger infrastructure.’
    • ‘The list bans foreign investments in sectors such as postal savings, free-to-air television broadcasting and auto passenger transportation businesses.’
    • ‘May I add my protest regarding the new postal system.’
    • ‘Enquiries revealed that postal orders to a value of £124,000 had been cashed at a local post office.’
    • ‘Dodgy postal addresses can be another good clue that a fiddle is in progress.’
    • ‘The fact that this garbage beggars up everybody's postal service for weeks to come is but the physical consequence of this fraud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you suspect that this has happened to you, you must notify your area's postal inspector.’
    • ‘This is a postal service, where there are people on hand to sign off on any package that needs a signature.’
    mad, crazy, insane, out of one's mind, hysterical, beside oneself, frenzied, crazed, demented, maniacal, manic, frantic, wound up, worked up, raving, wild
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    1. 1.1British Done by post.
      ‘a postal ballot’
      • ‘It urged candidates and canvassers to avoid handling or helping voters complete their postal ballot papers.’
      • ‘A higher than usual number of postal voters in this election in Scotland did not receive their postal ballots.’
      • ‘Yorkshire members can vote on the resolution either by postal ballot or in person at the annual meeting at Headingley.’
      • ‘Once the petition has been submitted, Bradford Council will consult local people by postal ballot.’
      • ‘A York document services company was today celebrating its key role in this year's biggest municipal postal ballots in England and Wales.’
      • ‘A number added they were not aware of any problems, and not everyone who wanted a postal ballot got one and not all who did used theirs.’
      • ‘It was claimed that voters had been threatened and intimidated into giving away their postal ballot papers.’
      • ‘The Government has, however, always insisted the two polls were postponed because of concerns over postal ballot fraud allegations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The reason was clear: although many voters had requested postal ballots, they had decided not to use them.’
      • ‘His appointment will go to a formal postal ballot later this month.’
      • ‘He said local bigwigs had come into Asian homes, pressuring voters to cast their postal ballots in front of them - insisting they back Labour.’
      • ‘Supporters of some candidates, it is alleged, are demanding householders hand over the postal ballot papers so they can fill them in themselves.’
      • ‘The postal ballot system proved successful with a 42 per cent turnout compared to 32 per cent last year.’
      • ‘Mixed feelings swell up inside me when I consider the issue of postal ballots in the local elections this year.’
      • ‘We are fully intending to hold an inquiry here in Stockport over the problems we have encountered with postal ballots.’
      • ‘The Government has brushed aside opponents' fears postal ballots will lead to vote-rigging.’
      • ‘Printers have won the race to publish all the 14m postal ballot papers for the north west and three other regions, the government said today.’
      • ‘According to one estimate, there could be 20 times as may postal ballots as in 1997.’
      • ‘I have not yet received my ballot papers for postal voting - something that has been foisted on millions of us without it being thought through.’

noun

US
informal
  • A postcard.

    • ‘These postal cards are working models and make an attractive alternative to conventional greetings card’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will and Nellie wrote postals (post cards) and letters to each other almost every day.’

Phrases

  • go postal

    • informal Go mad, especially from stress.

      • ‘This was not some guy from the Midwest who'd gone postal on his co-workers.’
      • ‘Against the odds, you will find the self-restraint and strength of character to restrain yourself from going postal at annoying chattery colleagues.’
      • ‘I survived about thirty-five years of it myself without calling in sick or making colossal mistakes or going postal whenever it was that time of the month.’
      • ‘I ran the department that particular festive season, and I felt like going postal pretty much every day in the stretch before Christmas, believe me.’
      • ‘It was intentional, a case of someone going postal.’
      • ‘You're not the only one who's lost out before, but you don't see me going postal on a hospital room!’
      • ‘I guess there's no use in screaming for help since I doubt our friends have gone postal and are out to kill us.’
      • ‘The talk was that someone went postal at the docks.’
      • ‘However, instead of going postal and risk the chance you may do something you'll regret later, take his/her picture and throw darts at it.’
      • ‘I ask one question about her to my father and he goes postal on me.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

postal

/ˈpəʊst(ə)l/