snail mail


Definition of snail mail

1 : mail delivered by a postal system

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Since her writerly method in this opus is more sectional in nature, her approach is an ideal foil for Lewis’s — making the CD worth the wait for its arrival via snail mail. New York Times, "8 Things to Do This Weekend," 15 Oct. 2020 This year, give her the gift of snail mail supplies by giving her greeting cards or stationery. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "26 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts for Your Long-Distance Bestie," 13 Oct. 2020 For snail mail, address the envelope to Holiday Cookie Contest, Star Tribune, 650 3rd Av. Star Tribune, "The timer is ticking on Holiday Cookie Contest," 23 Sep. 2020 For snail mail submissions, think about getting your letter into the U.S. mail up to a week in advance of Oct. 8. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Attention, bakers: Enter the 18th annual Star Tribune cookie contest," 4 Sep. 2020 Who says letter writing is dead? From messages in a bottle to an underwater post office, plenty of people still see the charm of sending a message through snail mail. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 things to know for August 24: RNC, Covid-19, Conway, police violence, New Zealand," 24 Aug. 2020 Even in a world where snail mail has been overtaken by email and texting, not having regular postal service presents an economic hurdle – for individuals, as well as their communities. Vincent Matinde, The Christian Science Monitor, "How a Kenyan entrepreneur is speeding up snail mail," 20 Aug. 2020 Take a break from Zoom calls and send your friends and family some good old-fashioned snail mail with these simple yet beautiful postcards. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "20 of the most interesting products to shop on Amazon right now," 12 Aug. 2020 Like the resurgence of jigsaw puzzles and baking bread during stay-at-home orders across the country, folks with time on their hands also gravitated toward good old-fashion snail mail to pass the time. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, "To help save U.S. Postal Service, two Midwest artists design pandemic-themed greeting cards," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of snail mail

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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22 Oct 2020

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“Snail mail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snail mail

informal + humorous : ordinary mail that is delivered by a postal system : mail that is not e-mail

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