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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That same day, BART sent out 10,814 mailers to residents living within a half mile of the BART line between Walnut Creek and Orinda. Daniel Borenstein, The Mercury News, "Borenstein: Expect massive East Bay traffic backup this weekend," 16 Aug. 2019 The mailers, sent before the November election, depicted Diep’s opponent with an enlarged nose, clutching $100 bills. Priscella Vega,, "O.C. assemblyman apologizes to Jews over mailers many found offensive," 4 July 2019 Every election cycle, Washington voters get bombarded with advertisements, like mailers, from political action committees (PAC). Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "‘Gray money’: New Washington law to lift the cloak on PAC funders," 19 May 2019 The mailer incorrectly told people to expect 20-minute traffic delays when the actual Caltrans projection was 30 minutes. Daniel Borenstein, The Mercury News, "Borenstein: Expect massive East Bay traffic backup this weekend," 16 Aug. 2019 The party even had difficulty getting the postal service to deliver its mailers. Jo Becker, New York Times, "The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism," 10 Aug. 2019 Modesto Bee The Marine Corps has ordered Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) to stop using its insignia on his campaign mailers. Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: A new Fortune 500, the end of an era for Netflix and a lot of garlic in the week ahead," 22 July 2019 The mailers were first reported by Jeff Landfield of the political blog The Alaska Landmine. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Governor’s advertising spending tops $35,000 to boost supporters and confront rivals," 21 July 2019 You were cited for filing a late campaign report from your personal political action committee which produced the mailer. Dallas News, "Did you hear about the former mayor who mailed a dishonest political hit piece? He’s fined $5,000," 12 July 2019

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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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