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 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, "Detroiter's rare 1918 stamp could sell for more than $200K in auction," 11 June 2020 While dedicated airmail began 150 years ago, flights for both cargo and passengers became more plentiful and the postal service threw envelopes and parcels onto cross-country flights. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "With Few Willing to Fly, Airliners Are Transforming Into Cargo Planes," 24 Mar. 2020 In the mid 1970s, airborne mail converged with first class mail and made the airmail classification obsolete within the U.S. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "With Few Willing to Fly, Airliners Are Transforming Into Cargo Planes," 24 Mar. 2020 This can be achieved by bouncing the bag over the blocker or by throwing an airmail, a bag that goes into the hole without touching the board. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "He Really, Really Wants to Win at Cornhole," 2 Feb. 2020 In 1935, a flying boat, the China Clipper, took off from Alameda, Calif., carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight., "This day in history - The Boston Globe," 22 Nov. 2019 The airmail program would eventually be tarnished by scandal, but it is credited with launching the US aviation industry, including the companies that would become today’s Boeing, United Technologies Corporation, and United Airlines. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "What it took to make Boeing’s Starliner fly," 20 Dec. 2019 Harry, 76, lives in Fairfax County, Va. His parents ran Beacon Field Airport, an air strip on Route 1 that was an emergency runway for early airmail pilots. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Oops. It looks like the Postal Service is selling a T-shirt with a Russian plane on it.," 14 Aug. 2019 Each was a three-line recipe on flimsy airmail paper. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Madhur Jaffrey Is Equal Parts Actress and Culinary Writer," 25 June 2019

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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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22 Jun 2020

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“Airmail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce airmail (audio)

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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