One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A postal delivery route served by a private contractor.
- ‘The saving, therefore, is on fourth-class offices and star routes discontinued.’
- ‘From about 1817 to 1890, records of various mail and star routes are contained in the Serial Set.’
- ‘By 1880, there were nearly 10,000 star routes, costing the federal government nearly $6 million a year to maintain.’
Late 19th century: from the use of a star or asterisk to mark the routes in postal records.
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