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.

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To grow your own, start seeds of this frost-sensitive plant indoors six to eight weeks before the average last-frost date or buy transplants, which are increasingly available at nurseries and by mail order. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 Older patients generally have Medicare Part D, which already has extensive pharmacy networks and already works with mail order pharmacies. Lisa Schencker,, "Walgreens stock plummets as Amazon shoulders its way into the pharmacy sector," 28 June 2018 Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Co. began as a mail order tractor parts business, but now has more than 1,700 stores. Detroit Free Press, "Owner wants to demolish 1800s Northville building, city refuses," 22 June 2018 Kubly and her husband were high school sweethearts in Monroe, where Michael Kubly's father started the Swiss Colony mail order company. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Milwaukee receives $1 million for military and veterans mental health research and programming," 22 June 2018 In October of that year, the Gun Control Act of 1968 would pass requiring a federal license for dealing firearms and banning mail order sales of firearms. Cameron Knight,, "RFK assassination reporting: A list of unresolved conflicts," 5 June 2018 All Comments 17 farquadoftheislands 16 minutes ago Jesus man, maybe going to a country in the midst of massive political turmoil just to get a mail order bride wasn't the greatest idea... Alex Horton, Washington Post, "‘They want to kill me’: American in Venezuela prison riot pleads for help in video," 17 May 2018 Transplants, which are seedlings started in the current growing season and sold in bunches, are available from nurseries and by mail order. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 The court reasoned that the volume of mail order business was minor compared to in-store sales and that catalog companies would face too big a burden in having to figure out the correct sales tax, given widely different rates around the company. NBC News, "Supreme Court leans against allowing internet sales tax," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mail order

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mail order was in 1867

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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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