Definition of poste restante in English:

poste restante


mass nounBritish
  • A service offered by a post office whereby mail is kept for an agreed period until collected by the addressee.

    North American term general delivery
    • ‘I was backpacking around central America when I got a message, poste restante, from Sophia, inviting me to her birthday party: ‘We're in Belize - why don't you come and join us?‘’


Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘mail remaining’.


poste restante

/pəʊst ˈrɛst(ə)nt/