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

An independent expenditure is money spent on a campaign without the candidate’s knowledge or consent -- often in the form of negative mailers that flood voters’ mailboxes during campaign season., "Oregon lawmakers wavering on campaign finance reform," 19 June 2019 The mailer was sent by the New York State Democratic Committee, which Mr. Cuomo effectively controls. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Expands Lead Over Cynthia Nixon, a New Poll Shows," 10 Sep. 2018 The outside money paid for yard signs and television ads, door-knocking crews and cartoon mailers. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Outside groups spent more than $1 million to influence Denver’s election, and it took a lot of work to figure that out," 17 June 2019 The group has also paid for television advertisements and mailers featuring the same people. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Inside the Stealth Campaign for ‘Responsible Rent Reform’," 10 June 2019 Investigators later found a FedEx mailer package containing Connecticut license plates with the tag numbers altered with tape and adhesive, according to the warrant. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Bloody clothing found dumped in Hartford trash bins in search for missing mom," 3 June 2019 Marketing pitches for reverse mortgages also came right to seniors’ doorsteps through mailers, door hangers and door-to-door salesmen. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 For example, Conscience of the Progressives is actually funded by conservatives and last year sent election mailers to aid Republicans in swing-district legislative races. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "‘Gray money’: New Washington law to lift the cloak on PAC funders," 19 May 2019 For good measure, the mailer includes a photo of Pelosi with a hand outstretched, presumably to receive that $5,000. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pro-Antonio Villaraigosa group attacks a Republican as a Pelosi tool," 22 May 2018

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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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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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