mail·​er | \ ˈmā-lər How to pronounce mailer (audio) \

Definition of mailer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that mails
2 : a container for mailing something
3 : something (such as an advertisement) sent by mail


biographical name
Mai·​ler | \ ˈmā-lər How to pronounce Mailer (audio) \

Definition of Mailer (Entry 2 of 2)

Norman 1923–2007 American author

Examples of mailer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To find true love, pluck a hair, seal it in a baggie, place the baggie inside a dedicated mailer and wait for your phone to chime with an update on your perfect match. New York Times, "True Love? On TV, There’s an App for That.," 21 Apr. 2021 And just a few weeks ago, law enforcement associations across the state financed a despicable mailer in the 79th Assembly race, showing images of La Mesa City Councilwoman Akilah Weber spliced in with burning buildings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It’s great police reform is getting attention, but don’t let police unions dictate what it looks like," 16 Apr. 2021 In one campaign mailer, Harrison features a photo with Trump. Dallas News, "Trump looms large in North Texas congressional race to replace Ron Wright," 29 Mar. 2021 The numbers also explain why the mailer’s only mention of the election is on the last page, and even that is muted. Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, "Jefferson: San Antonio tourism is bouncing back, and that's good news for Ron Nirenberg," 16 Apr. 2021 The mailer seeks to contrast two candidates -- Kelli Macatee and Doug Woodward -- running for a seat on the board of the affluent, mostly white school district. Talia Richman, Dallas News, "Flyer criticizes Highland Park school trustee candidate for supporting Black Lives Matter," 15 Apr. 2021 For instance, the Central Florida mailer made progressive claims and featured a stock image of a Black woman even though the no-party candidate was white. Skyler Swisher,, "As sham candidate scandal shakes Florida politics, GOP ignores real election fraud, Democrats say," 19 Mar. 2021 One even sent a mailer to Delphix’s unoccupied office last year while everyone worked from home in the pandemic. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "‘The Market Seems Crazy’: Start-Ups Wrestle With Flood of Offers," 19 Mar. 2021 The mailer, which will be sent out in May, will also provide information on the details of the cart tagging program. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn using $21,000 country grant to educate “OOOPS” residents on recycling etiquette," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mailer


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Mailer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mailer

chiefly US
: a person or organization that mails something
: a container used for mailing something
: something (such as an advertisement) that is sent by mail

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