air·​mail | \ ˈer-ˌmāl How to pronounce airmail (audio) \

Definition of airmail

: the system of transporting mail by aircraft also : the mail thus transported

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Other Words from airmail

airmail transitive verb

Examples of airmail in a Sentence

The package was sent by airmail.
Recent Examples on the Web Over the next decade, Wold-Chamberlain Field expanded on the property in tandem with an airmail route to Chicago. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Few persons realize it, but a transatlantic airmail route already is in operation and has been for about two years. W. Irving Glover, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2021 Homing pigeons can return to their lofts from more than a thousand miles away, a navigational prowess that has been admired for ages; five millennia ago, the Egyptians used them, like owls at Hogwarts, as a kind of early airmail. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 Charles Lindbergh flew airmail from it before making the first solo flight across the Atlantic. The Economist, 30 Dec. 2020 A dozen pilots were killed in more than 60 crashes before private airmail was restored just a few months later. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2020 Jet needed great pictures every week; Williams supplied his editors with film via airmail envelopes and turned his passion into a career. Cecil Williams, National Geographic, 16 Sep. 2020 Pilots across America are flying the original transcontinental airmail route for its 100th anniversary. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2020 The Inverted Jenny error stamp was created for the first U.S. government airmail service and was worth 24 cents. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of airmail

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airmail was in 1911

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11 Jun 2021

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“Airmail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of airmail

: the system used for sending mail by aircraft also : mail sent by using this system


air·​mail | \ ˈer-ˈmāl How to pronounce airmail (audio) \

Kids Definition of airmail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the system of carrying mail by airplanes
2 : mail carried by airplanes


airmailed; airmailing

Kids Definition of airmail (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send by airmail

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