mail·​ing | \ ˈmā-liŋ How to pronounce mailing (audio) \

Definition of mailing

: mail sent at one time to multiple addressees by a sender (as for promotional purposes)

Examples of mailing in a Sentence

Get the check ready for mailing and take it to the post office. The charity sent out several mailings to everyone on its mailing list.

Recent Examples on the Web

Eric Hacopian, a consultant for Democrat Altamirano, said his campaign has already raised more than $250,000 and sent seven mailings into the district highlighting Altamirano's record. Taryn Luna And Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "'Campaign will continue' against California lawmaker after harassment investigation ends | The Sacramento Bee," 18 May 2018 Anonymous donors: More mystery money enters race A super PAC with mostly anonymous donors is sending mailings that praise Todd Rokita and attack his opponents. Leigh Hedger, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana has nation's most expensive Senate race; Pence's Arpaio praise slammed as 'racist'," 2 May 2018 The headache of deciding how to implement the Iowa law has fallen on the six-member Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, which is now grappling with questions such as: Does a ban on mass mailings include email? Washington Post, "Iowa politicians scurry to comply with ban on self-promotion," 27 June 2018 Campaigning for the volunteer positions that pay $100 has been low key, with few candidates able to afford to send out mailings, place advertisements or knock on doors. Liz Bowie,, "Baltimore County voters cast ballots in first school board election," 27 June 2018 Gone is the monopoly major media had on consumer eyeballs so all the agencies had to do was create TV spots, buy ads in publications, send out direct mailings, and collect big fees. David Shribman,, "The ad industry is shifting. And it’s going to rattle us all," 8 June 2018 The rest just heard about the project, sent their mailing addresses to some stranger in Seattle and waited for their boxes. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "Seattle-based Patriotic Christians for a Better America spreads anti-Trump gospel with cartoons," 26 Mar. 2019 Primaries typically draw only hard-core voters, so targeted outreach like neighborhood canvassing instead of television ads and mass mailings fits with DiMasi’s grassroots strategy. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Physicist hopes the evidence is clear in bid for New York congressional seat," 20 June 2018 And in that same mailing, Victoria included a brooch in honor of Nightingale's service to the military. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Did Queen Victoria Really Meet Florence Nightingale?," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of mailing

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mailing was in 1928

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English Language Learners Definition of mailing

: the act of mailing something
: something (such as a letter or an advertisement) that is mailed to many people at one time

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