French for mailboat. First used in Great Britain in 1894, the term was adopted for general use by the Universal Postal Union in 1897.
paquebot (plural paquebots)
- a mailboat
- (postal history) a postal marking or cancellation stamped on mail posted at sea or in a harbour for processing by the postal authorities at the next port of call. Mail so marked in one country will often carry the stamps of another country.
paquebot (not comparable)
- Relating to mail posted at sea.
- a paquebot letter
- a paquebot duplex
The word would typically be stamped in upper case, PAQUEBOT, on the postal item, but when described in text would be written with a capital P only, eg, Paquebot.
- Douglas and Mary Patrick, The Musson Stamp Dictionary, Toronto, Musson Book Company, 1972.
From English packet-boat.
- IPA: /pakbo/
paquebot m (plural paquebots)