mail·​man ˈmāl-ˌman How to pronounce mailman (audio)
: a man who delivers mail

called also postman

Examples of mailman in a Sentence

the mailman usually leaves packages outside the mailbox
Recent Examples on the Web The mailman quickly dropped his mailbag, fell to his knees, opened his arms, and exclaimed, ‘Son! Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 Here’s a new one for you: Meet Mike Maple, a mailman in the small college town of Marquette, Michigan who spends his time walking the postal beat dreaming up relentlessly fun punk-rock tunes to play in his band Liquid Mike. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Individual Americans — like a high-school football coach, a website designer, and a mailman — are also successfully standing up for the right to live consistent with their beliefs. Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, National Review, 16 Jan. 2024 Holbrook, a wildlife photographer and retired mailman, noticed that things were moving around in his Builth Wells, Wales, shed overnight. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 11 Jan. 2024 Package the goods in festive wrapping or mason jars and deliver them to neighbors, teachers, mailmen, or anyone in your life who deserves a bit of appreciation! Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 14 Nov. 2023 This costume turns the tables on your dog chasing the mailman and transforms them into the mailman (or in this case, a UPS person). Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 The quiet was at times broken by a workman’s hammer, a carpenter’s saw and Ernie, the mailman, who waved and retreated with his bundle into the shade. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 So, the genes that make a Shih Tzu liable to snap at the mailman’s ankles might not be the same ones making a Springer Spaniel more likely to play rough at the dog park. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mailman was in the 14th century

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“Mailman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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