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 Tell Santa, tell your parents, tell your siblings, tell the mailman, tell your teachers, tell anyone who will listen. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "I want a house, marriage and kids with my boyfriend. How do I say that without scaring him off?," 5 Jan. 2020 The incident unfolded as the mailman — who has not been identified — was carrying out deliveries and noticed a smell and clouds of smoke coming from his truck, Osawatomie Fire Chief Brian Love told CNN. Robyn Merrett,, "U.S. Postal Service Employee Saves Christmas Packages from His Burning Truck," 26 Dec. 2019 Acting fast, the mailman stopped the vehicle before the flames spread throughout the vehicle, CNN reported. Robyn Merrett,, "U.S. Postal Service Employee Saves Christmas Packages from His Burning Truck," 26 Dec. 2019 His father sends him to a cold, remote village called Smeerenburg to be a mailman. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Santa Origin Story 'Klaus' Came to Netflix," 9 Dec. 2019 When Aurore went to Corsica for summer vacation, a substitute mailman stopped by. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, "In France, Elder Care Comes with the Mail," 9 Oct. 2019 The video features him as a mailman gone rogue, dancing with his delivery dolly and peeing on doorsteps. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "DaBaby Has Become Rap’s Reliable Resource," 1 Oct. 2019 The men were all from working-class backgrounds, and had put themselves through their university studies of philosophy or history by doing precarious jobs, from working in the kiwi plantations near Bologna to being mailmen or night couriers. Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, "Can You Write a Novel as a Group?," 30 Aug. 2019 Salsa anticipates the daily mail delivery, because our mailman always has a bone for him. Mary Jo Mallchok,, "Salsa adds a little spice to Parma family’s life: Send us your pet rescue stories," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mailman

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

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“Mailman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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