mail·​er | \ ˈmā-lər \

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 \

Definition of Mailer (Entry 2 of 2)

Norman 1923–2007 American author

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The campaign mailer listing the Latino businesses against the initiative described how I-1631 would be a new energy tax that would be paid by families and workers in agriculture. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Flyers citing Latino businesses’ opposition to carbon fee ignites campaign controversy," 31 Oct. 2018 Instead of a traditional campaign with rallies and mailers, hopefuls personally rallied the 37 members of a party committee steeped in local politics and Republican orthodoxy. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "GOP picks Denver Riggleman to replace Rep. Tom Garrett as nominee in Virginia’s 5th District," 6 June 2018 Late money, campaign mailers, phone banks and good old-fashioned precinct-walking are marking the final days of what has become a testy campaign for the open 4th District seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Fletcher lashes out at Saldaña for alleged alliance with conservatives," 2 June 2018 Nearly $2 million was spent on things like mailers, television ads and automated phone calls trying to influence Republican voters in the 2nd Congressional District, which runs for West Houston to northeast Harris County. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Outside groups poured $2M into Houston Congressional race," 24 May 2018 Todd Rokita's newest attack on primary opponent Luke Messer is not a television ad or a mailer, but a children's book. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "This is, quite literally, the most childish attack in Indiana's Senate race," 25 Apr. 2018 Judge Eric Bloch ruled that the county and its voters cannot cap campaign contributions to candidates for county office at $500 per donor, force disclosure of the largest contributors to political mailers, or limit other types of spending. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Multnomah County political spending limits unconstitutional, judge rules," 6 Mar. 2018 The suit accused Feldman and the House Republican Organization of creating and disseminating the political mailers, one of which is framed as a Valentine's poem with photos of Sukovic and Madigan inside hearts. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Illinois House GOP candidate agrees to remove opponent from lawsuit over mailers linking him to Michael Madigan," 2 Mar. 2018 The company also started requiring that political advertisers register with the company, a process that included responding to a physical mailer Facebook uses to verify an advertiser’s address. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook has a plan to protect the U.S. midterms. Is it enough?," 17 Aug. 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mailer

: 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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