mail·​man | \ ˈmāl-ˌman How to pronounce mailman (audio) \

Definition of mailman

: a man who delivers mail

called also postman

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Examples of mailman in a Sentence

the mailman usually leaves packages outside the mailbox
Recent Examples on the Web Once there is an end to COVID-19 — or at least when things are safer — Make-a-Wish plans to give Mateo a real mailman experience. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "5-year-old boy with leukemia who dreams of being a mailman given job sorting Santa's mail," 17 Dec. 2020 The folk-country balladeer started his music career playing small clubs in Chicago while holding a day job as a mailman. oregonlive, "The departed: Heroes, celebrities and rogues, from Oregon and beyond, who died in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Or that Chloe, as eager as any 17-year-old to get out into the world, can't ever seem to find responses to the colleges she's applied to when the mailman comes? Leah Greenblatt,, "Sarah Paulson is a mom unhinged in Hulu's high-camp thriller Run: Review," 18 Nov. 2020 Buffalo mailman Brandon Wilson, 27, was charged with one count of delay or destruction of mail, according to a criminal complaint prepared by Brendan Boone, a special agent with the USPS Office of Inspector General. NBC News, "New York mailman allegedly kept 813 pieces of mail, including 3 ballots, USPS says," 5 Nov. 2020 If Politico is to be believed, Biden sees space in it for Republicans of a certain type, including former Arizona senator Jeff Flake, and former Ohio governor John Kasich, the son of a mailman. Jack Butler, National Review, "John Kasich’s Long, Strange Trip," 22 Oct. 2020 The mailman did more than deliver such important items, though. Sarah Smarsh, National Geographic, "America’s postal service is a rural lifeline—and it’s in jeopardy," 9 Oct. 2020 That is precisely how Vigola Anderson referred to the mailman at her childhood home in Topeka. Sarah Smarsh, National Geographic, "America’s postal service is a rural lifeline—and it’s in jeopardy," 9 Oct. 2020 Two chances this week for fans to celebrate what would have been the 74th birthday of the singing mailman, who died in April from the coronavirus. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Take a master class from Seinfeld: Best things to watch, hear or read this week," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mailman

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mailman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mailman

US : a man who delivers mail


mail·​man | \ ˈmāl-ˌman How to pronounce mailman (audio) \
plural mailmen\ -​ˌmen \

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