air·​mail | \ˈer-ˌmāl \

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.

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Soon the Post Office Department lobbied Congress to fund an airmail service. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "'A Suicide Club': How WWI Pilots Pioneered the Age of Airmail," 9 May 2018 America’s commercial aviation industry, in fact, owes its existence to airmail. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "Delivering the Mail Was Once One of the Riskiest Jobs in America," 18 May 2018 In 1918, the first US airmail stamp, costing 24 cents and featuring a picture of a Curtiss JN-4 biplane, was publicly issued., "This day in history," 12 May 2018 Many of these early airmail pilots were WWI aviators. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "'A Suicide Club': How WWI Pilots Pioneered the Age of Airmail," 9 May 2018 He was always drawn to narrow niches: United States airmail stamps, for instance, and half-dollars that depict windblown Liberty in midstride. New York Times, "A Tiffany Collector of Things Pastel," 8 May 2018 The boxes: Large door-to-door balikbayan box companies like Atlas, LBC, and Starkargo have professionalized the practice of sending balikbayan boxes via shipping container or airmail. Frank Shyong,, "These boxes are a billion-dollar industry of homesickness for Filipinos overseas," 28 Apr. 2018 Older aviators will appreciate Sis' extensive annotations on Saint-Exupéry's life, the history of flight, airmail, and World War 2. Randall De S, Redbook, "The Perfect Book for All The Little Prince Fans in Your Life," 11 June 2014 Here are our lessons learned from years of transatlantic trips, Skype sessions, and airmail sent, just in time for Valentine's Day. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Defense of the Long-Distance Relationship," 14 Feb. 2018

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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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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 \

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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obstinately defiant of authority

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