mail order

noun

Definition of mail order

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

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 Oh Boy Records, founded by John Prine, Al Bunetta & Dan Einstein, took a mail order business and turned it into the everyman hero story of one artist believing in himself and his fans. Chris Willman, Variety, 26 Aug. 2022 But for some remote Alaskans, finding the right fit through mail order was challenging. Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2022 The La Gloria cupcake, priced at $6 in Sprinkles locations Monday through Sept. 25 or by mail order, was inspired by the Mexican caramel candy Glorias. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 Their family business is Honey Run Farm, a thriving producer of honey and beeswax candles for boutique grocery stores, farmers markets and mail order. Dan Gearino, ABC News, 29 July 2022 Smidt began by transforming his father’s small phone sales business into a successful mail order company, bypassing resellers and dealing directly with factories so that savings could be passed on to customers. cleveland, 7 July 2022 PBMs manage private insurance clients and Medicaid and Medicare prescription plans and own retail and mail order pharmacies. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 10 June 2022 Fireworks prohibited: Skyrockets, including bottle rockets or stick rockets, M-80s, mail order sales of fireworks, and door to door sales. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 1 July 2022 Since the pandemic, the store has served not only as a bricks-and-mortar shop but an online hub for DJ sets and mail order. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

2 Oct 2022

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“Mail order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mail%20order. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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