Definition of express noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspres//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspres//
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  1. 1 (also express train) [countable] a fast train that does not stop at many places the 8.27 express to Edinburgh the Trans-Siberian Express See related entries: Trains
  2. 2(British English also special delivery) [uncountable] a service for sending or transporting things quickly
  3. Word Originnoun early 18th cent. (as a verb): extension of express ‘state clearly’; sense (1) of the noun from express train, so named because it served a particular destination without intermediate stops, reflecting an earlier sense of express ‘done or made for a special purpose’, later interpreted in the sense “rapid”. Senses relating to express delivery date from the institution of this postal service in 1891.
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