snail mail

noun

1
informal : mail delivered by a postal system especially when contrasted with email : mail sense 1a
I avoid using e-mail to complain. I use the phone or old-fashioned snail mail.Arlene Silverman
2
informal : a nation's postal system : mail sense 2
The others have taken the traditional route: sending checks by snail mail.Stephen Gandel

Examples of snail mail in a Sentence

She still uses snail mail for paying bills. I can be contacted by e-mail and snail mail.
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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snail mail was in 1982

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“Snail mail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snail%20mail. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

snail mail

noun
informal
1
: mail delivered by a postal system
2
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