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 Scrappy Chicago mailman, former Army mechanic, son of a ward healer. Holly Gleason, cleveland, "Down on the beach, the sandman sleeps: Sweet dreams, John Prine," 9 Apr. 2020 The singing mailman almost always had the last laugh. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, "John Prine’s 15 Essential Songs," 8 Apr. 2020 His kindness, compliments and infectious good spirits have made this humble mailman a local celebrity. CBS News, "Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman: How to be optimistic when life gets tough," 13 Apr. 2020 With family roots in the coal-mining country of Kentucky and West Virginia, both men served in the military and worked blue-collar jobs — Prine was a mailman, Withers an airplane mechanic — before busying themselves fully with music. Los Angeles Times, "Trying to cope with despair? Take solace in the compassion and empathy of Bill Withers and John Prine," 5 Apr. 2020 The family had worked to educate not just the school about Pepper’s challenges, but also their neighbors, and even the mailman, Burkhart said. Mandy Mclaren,, "They refused to commit their autistic daughter. They were reported for neglect," 25 Mar. 2020 Akin to wanting the mail but not the mailman, countries have insisted on keeping global shipping lines open while keeping seafarers out. New York Times, "Trapped at Sea by Covid-19 Lockdowns, Crew Members Plead for Help," 25 Mar. 2020 If you've been fooled by the age-old reputation dogs have for being not so nice to mailmen, UPS Dogs might change your mind. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "UPS drivers are sharing photos of dogs they meet along their routes, and it's beautiful," 7 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of mailman

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2020

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“Mailman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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