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

Definition of mailman

: a man who delivers mail

called also postman

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Synonyms for mailman


letter carrier, mail carrier, postie [British], postman

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Examples of mailman in a Sentence

the mailman usually leaves packages outside the mailbox

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One post in particular is worth watching: a news clip about Ethel's turkey, which escaped and promptly terrorized a mailman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Ethel Kennedy Was the Patriots' Cutest Fan During the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 Watched over by his probation officer, working as a mailman and at an ice cream stand, Sam (George Blagden) gets his kicks committing mail fraud, stealing cash from envelopes. Katie Walsh,, "Review: Creepy romantic drama 'No Postage Necessary' not worth its weight in bitcoin," 5 July 2018 Michael told Buzzfeed that he's since introduced himself to the mailman in order to thank him in person. Kayla Nicole Isaacs, Woman's Day, "This Mailman Takes Time Every Day to Stop and Give This Pup a Hug," 4 Aug. 2016 The game this night included three or four attorneys, a couple of school administrators, a finance guy, an EPA employee, a mailman, a high school hoop coach. Mike Jensen,, "This weekly pickup game has been a Philly hoops staple since 1982," 28 June 2018 Hastily assembled just days before the match against England, the U.S. team included a dishwasher, two mailmen, a teacher and a mill worker. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 In 2016, Fitts pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his attack on a US Postal Service mailman, the Globe has reported. Emily Sweeney,, "‘People hit and run people all the time’ says driver charged in fatal hit-and-run," 7 June 2018 Rose and his dogs are still all together because of his mailman, who remains a mystery. Amber Jayanth,, "Mailman helps stop fire in Norwood," 17 Jan. 2018 Fitts is on federal probation from a 2014 case where he was convicted of beating a mailman. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Suspect in fatal crash tells TV station: "People hit and run people all the time"," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of mailman

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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