Definition of postmistress in US English:



  • A woman in charge of a post office.

    • ‘This is simply down to the resignation of the postmistresses.’
    • ‘A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: ‘The men demanded money from the postmistress while threatening her with what appeared to be a shotgun, a baseball bat and a crowbar.’’
    • ‘In response to the spate of armed robberies, the Post Office told postmasters and postmistresses warning them to be extra vigilant.’
    • ‘The female postmistress at the post-office is still recovering from the shock of the incident which occurred around 8.20 am on Thursday.’
    • ‘The postmistress at the sub-post office was emphatic that small packages to Europe no longer required green customs slips.’
    • ‘It will be a sad day for a Guiseley postmistress when her business closes in a month due to Post Office cutbacks.’
    • ‘They wrapped it in brown paper, addressed it to ‘Hitler, The Palace, Germany’, and took it to the post office, where the postmistress solemnly undertook to see it was delivered.’
    • ‘A lot of postmasters and postmistresses are living in fear due to the recent spate of robberies.’
    • ‘Rural post offices will be hit hard when direct benefit payments are introduced, the postmistress in Pool-in-Wharfedale fears.’
    • ‘Likewise past postmistresses were also remembered with affection.’
    • ‘It continued to house the village school until 1933, when children were taught by the postmistress who lived next door.’
    • ‘The building society, in order to cancel my cheque, requested an accompanying letter from the post office stating the reason for non-acceptance but the postmistress refused to give me one!’
    • ‘In September 2003, Monica retired as the postmistress of Bangor, bringing an end to the 124-year connection between her family and the postal service in the community.’
    • ‘I've done all three without missing a beat and thank the postmistress and the five girls who run more of a bank than a post office.’
    • ‘Will postmasters and postmistresses who see their profitability falling risk borrowing more money - if they even can - to expand the goods and services available in their post offices?’
    • ‘Many sub postmasters and postmistresses have pulled out because the recent changes to the payment of welfare benefits have hacked away at their profit margins.’
    • ‘For years now, postmasters and postmistresses have been sorting post, something that we were never meant to be doing.’
    • ‘Julia served as postmistress at the old post office in Binghamstown for all of her working life, until her retirement some years ago.’
    • ‘According to a local postmistress, businesses have been forced out of the area and a siege mentality, where shop owners live with the daily threat of violence, prevails.’
    • ‘The postmistress called for security firms to be made responsible for safe keys to try and stem the rising tide of robberies.’