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

Definition of airmail

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

Other Words from airmail

airmail transitive verb

Examples of airmail in a Sentence

The package was sent by airmail.
Recent Examples on the Web In early 1927, Moran learned that a skinny, 25-year-old airmail pilot was having a plane built here and about to attempt a New York-to-Paris solo flight. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2022 June and Greg Siple corresponded with sponsors, family and friends by airmail, collecting general-delivery letters at post offices along the way. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Those packages, whether by sea or airmail, arrived with the holiday aroma intact. cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021 Among many firsts, Katherine Stinson is also the first woman to fly in the Far East, the first woman commissioned as a mail pilot and recorded the first official airmail delivery in Arizona. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Dec. 2021 MSP Airport got its start in the 1920s as an airmail operation on a former racetrack south of Minneapolis. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 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 See More

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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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“Airmail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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