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or air-mail

[air-meyl] /ˈɛərˌmeɪl/
the system, especially a government postal system, of sending mail by airplane.
a letter, package, etc., sent by this system.
a stamp authorizing delivery of mail by this system.
of or relating to airmail.
by airmail:
Send all overseas letters airmail.
verb (used with object)
to send via airmail:
I airmailed the package yesterday.
Origin of airmail
First recorded in 1910-15; air1 + mail1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for air mail
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  • Having been in the air mail service in America, he was dropped when demand slackened and fewer men were needed.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • 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
  • 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
  • They were not in a region frequented by airplanes, nor in the path of an air mail line.

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

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Then he opened his throttle as far as it would open and went streaking along the air mail route for Ringtown.

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • A revision of air mail rates upon a more systematic and permanent footing is necessary.

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

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • He grabbed the air mail; hurried to a train for Chicago, got another plane, and flew the mail through.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for air mail


the system of conveying mail by aircraft
mail conveyed by aircraft
of, used for, or concerned with airmail
(transitive) to send by airmail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for air mail

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



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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