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airmail

or air-mail

[air-meyl] /ˈɛərˌmeɪl/
noun
1.
the system, especially a government postal system, of sending mail by airplane.
2.
a letter, package, etc., sent by this system.
3.
a stamp authorizing delivery of mail by this system.
adjective
4.
of or relating to airmail.
adverb
5.
by airmail:
Send all overseas letters airmail.
verb (used with object)
6.
to send via airmail:
I airmailed the package yesterday.
Origin of airmail
1910-1915
First recorded in 1910-15; air1 + mail1
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Examples from the Web for air mail
Historical Examples
  • In the air mail we used to 'pull the motors every time they had done 500 hours.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • They were not in a region frequented by airplanes, nor in the path of an air mail line.

    White Fire Roy J. Snell
  • Ted sealed the letter, addressed it, put two stamps on, marked it air mail and turned to the others.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • For years he had been an air mail pilot and then had established a field of his own for training and commercial flying.

    Gypsies of the Air Bess Moyer
  • A revision of air mail rates upon a more systematic and permanent footing is necessary.

  • They were cast as waitresses in the restaurant which served the pilots at the main western terminal of the air mail line.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • And by the way, I suppose you will fly out along the air mail route.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • In 1922 he went to Alaska where he pioneered in aviation and flew the first air mail in the Territory.

    North Dakota Various
  • He grabbed the air mail; hurried to a train for Chicago, got another plane, and flew the mail through.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • It was the same thing that had happened when he wrote the story of the air mail bandit.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
British Dictionary definitions for air mail

airmail

/ˈɛəˌmeɪl/
noun
1.
the system of conveying mail by aircraft
2.
mail conveyed by aircraft
adjective
3.
of, used for, or concerned with airmail
verb
4.
(transitive) to send by airmail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for air mail
n.

also air-mail, 1913, from air (n.1) + mail (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for air mail

airmail

noun

Garbage thrown out of a window

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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