Origin of airmail

First recorded in 1910–15; air1 + mail1
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Related Words for air mail

parcel, package, communication, letter, post, postcard

British Dictionary definitions for air mail



the system of conveying mail by aircraft
mail conveyed by aircraft


of, used for, or concerned with airmail


(tr) to send by airmail
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Word Origin and History for air mail

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

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