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[meyl-man] /ˈmeɪlˌmæn/
noun, plural mailmen.
a person employed by the post office to deliver mail; mail carrier.
Origin of mailman
First recorded in 1860-65; mail1 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • About 1910, however, a mailman was provided by the post office, though he still worked under the charge of the Chief Librarian.

    Report of the Chief Librarian J. O. Wilson and General Assembly Library (New Zealand)
  • The mailman, to whom he expressed these sentiments, told him to cheer up.

  • The distance from Boulia to Springvale is 80 miles, the only traffic along it being the pack horse of the mailman once a week.

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • They sat on a rock by the roadside waiting for the mailman's auto to come along.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • I had a letter from him by the mailman yesterday from Fraser's Gully.

    Tom Gerrard Louis Becke
  • Most days in the winter, the only car to come by was the mailman.

  • “Here the mailman comes at last,” she sighed in relief, as she saw the man turn in at the house next door.

    Doris Force at Locked Gates Julia K. Duncan
  • Let's sit here under the pines a minute until the mailman goes by.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm Izola Forrester
  • A touch of the bruised foot on the floor brought the mailman groaning to his chair again.

British Dictionary definitions for mailman


noun (mainly US & Canadian) (pl) -men
another name for postman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mailman

also mail-man, 1841, from mail (n.1) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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