airmail

noun
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 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, "Why Animals Don’t Get Lost," 29 Mar. 2021 Charles Lindbergh flew airmail from it before making the first solo flight across the Atlantic. The Economist, "Getting off the ground Is an infrastructure boom in the works?," 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, "Volunteer Pilots Are Flying Across America to Celebrate 100 Years of Airmail," 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, "Take a virtual tour of South Carolina’s only civil rights museum," 16 Sep. 2020 Pilots across America are flying the original transcontinental airmail route for its 100th anniversary. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Volunteer Pilots Are Flying Across America to Celebrate 100 Years of Airmail," 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, "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

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Airmail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airmail. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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airmail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of airmail

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

airmail

noun
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

airmail

verb
airmailed; airmailing

Kids Definition of airmail (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send by airmail

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