care of

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • (abbreviation)
  • (abbreviation) c/-
  • (abbreviation) c/o


Short for in the care of or similar phrase.


care of

  1. (mail) For distribution by (the named intermediary).
    Could you please send this package to Mr. John Smith, care of the Northwest Shelter?

Usage notes[edit]

Care of, usually abbreviated as on envelopes, signifies an intermediary who is responsible for transferring a piece of mail between the postal system and the final addressee. For example, when the addressee has no standard address, is under a corporate mail system, or is being manually forwarded mail sent to a more accessible location. An example:

John Smith
℅ Northwest Shelter
123 Emerson Dr
Springfield CA 94301

In Australia and New Zealand c/- is often used in place of .