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 Jordan Gale for The New York Times Joseph R. Biden Jr. went door-to-door in his first Senate race in 1972, and had volunteers hand-deliver mailers. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Knock, Knock, Who’s There? No Political Canvassers, for the First Time Maybe Ever," 7 May 2020 Uible was recently arrested for falsely distributing mailers in the name of the Republican Party. Scott Wartman,, "Here's how Ohio's all-mail primary will work Tuesday," 26 Apr. 2020 At the same time, mailers were sent to people’s homes, and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of ads appeared on Facebook. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "How Private-Equity Firms Squeeze Hospital Patients for Profits," 9 Apr. 2020 Some initial mailers won’t include a paper questionnaire at all. oregonlive, "First 2020 Census letters are arriving in mailboxes," 12 Mar. 2020 The Texas Organizing Project, one of the progressive groups working to help her unseat Cuellar, had already canvassed the area, as evidenced by pro-Cisneros and pro-Sanders mailers tucked under doormats. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Fierce S. Texas race brings together Pelosi and the Koch brothers as the left targets Henry Cuellar," 21 Feb. 2020 But among the group of lawmakers being supported by the mailers from the LIBRE Initiative are five Democrats, including the chairman of the Democrats' House campaign arm and the chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Koch-backed group gives boost to Democrats on immigration," 17 May 2018 The Harris County Republican Party is warning voters to not be duped by mailers that look like the party is endorsing candidates before Tuesday's primary elections. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Harris GOP warns voters about mailers from Republican groups," 5 Mar. 2018 Thomas Andrews, who reported receiving the mailer, wrote on Facebook. NBC News, "Fraudsters blast consumers with stimulus check scams," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of mailer


circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mailer was circa 1890

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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mailer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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