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

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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 The Associated Press also reported Rokita fired Morales in 2009 when Rokita was secretary of state, a narrative that is included in recent mailers. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Former Pence aides trade words over 'racially charged' mailers in congressional race," 29 Apr. 2018 And good luck winning the $1 million or $2 million grand prizes in those sweepstakes mailers. Mark Davis, kansascity, "The sweepstakes no one ever won: Feds finally target $100 million KC-based schemes | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 An inside source told the outlet that even though a venue location was not listed on the mailers, the wedding planning phase is fully underway. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber's Mom Pose for the Cutest Selfie," 16 Jan. 2019 Much of that money, records obtained by the AP show, was used to send campaign mailers to voters in safe Republican states — after Trump had already clinched his primary victory. Jeff Horwitz, The Seattle Times, "Gates testimony dredges up Trump inaugural spending mystery," 13 Aug. 2018 Beatrice declined to confirm if the Putnam campaign has also sent out-of-state mailers. Emily L. Mahoney, miamiherald, "Thousands of people donate to this Florida Republican, but they can't vote for him," 14 June 2018

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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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