mail order


Definition of mail order

: an order for goods that is received and filled by mail

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Other Words from mail order

mail-order \ ˈmāl-​ˌȯr-​dər How to pronounce mail order (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mail order in a Sentence

You can purchase the books by mail order. The store sent out all its mail orders in time for the holiday.
Recent Examples on the Web Trader Joe’s stores, while mail order and the kringle of the month club continue to be popular. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 July 2021 Ohio residents who are in contact with one or more people who use drugs may get free Narcan through a mail order service from Harm Reduction Ohio. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 19 July 2021 The advent of digital music seemed to put an end to the mail order music club business model, but as vinyl has experienced a surge in popularity, Amazon is bringing back the record of the month club. Chris Morris, Fortune, 28 June 2021 Trigo also recommends Laurel’s Heirloom Tomato Plants in Lomita, which is open to the public on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through mid- June and also sells a variety of plants by mail order online. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2021 Challah Dolly loaves are now available at New York City specialty markets, including Murray’s Cheese, in the West Village, and Greene Grape Provisions, in Fort Greene, and by mail order nationwide. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 14 May 2021 Leigh Perkins soon pioneered the sharing of mail order lists, trading customers’ names with other outdoor brands like L.L. Bean and Eddie Bauer. New York Times, 15 May 2021 Dancing Oaks is a retail and mail order nursery found just outside Salem in Monmouth. oregonlive, 25 Apr. 2021 Parts came from industrial mail order suppliers, including a few from Amazon, Gilchrist said. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of mail order

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mail order was in 1856

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3 Aug 2021

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“Mail order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mail order

: a method of buying products that are received by mail
: a product that is sent by mail to the person who bought it

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