an order for goods received or shipped through the mail.
the business of selling merchandise through the mail.
Other definitions for mail-order (2 of 2)
pertaining to or obtained by mail order: a dozen mail-order rosebushes.
to order (merchandise) by mail: to mail-order fruitcakes for Christmas.
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How to use mail order in a sentence
E-commerce and mail order use seven times more corrugated cardboard per dollar of sales than traditional retail does, according to Fastmarkets RISI, which tracks the industry.
It’s available by mail order via Goldbelly and also for immediate pick up at outposts of Lady M Confections across the country.Half Full’s Last-Minute Father’s Day Drink & Food Gift Guide | Noah Rothbaum | June 17, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Meet the psychics preying on the elderly with a mail-order moneymaking gig that netted them millions a year.
The mail-order business took off, so he closed the magazine and started a record shop.Can Richard Branson Bounce Back From His Space Disaster? | Tom Sykes | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jason is a particular breed himself, a mail-order salesman of animals.The Weird Underground World of Urban Animal Husbandry | Dale Eisinger | May 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Johnson has had his scandals, but he is not the kind of man to go out with a Russian mail-order bride.Boris Johnson Is Right: Some Women Go to College to Find a Husband | Janine di Giovanni | July 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Next to his desk, which does not have computer on it, swims a frog he grew from a mail-order tadpole.
Bud set him down on the bunk, gave him a mail-order catalogue to look at, and went out again into the storm.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
That was a good initial effort, running down the opium pill mail-order enterprise.Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
Not so with the Enteronol Company—it is a mail-order business and the world is its territory.
It is only necessary to refer to The Journals recent article155 on the Turnock mail-order medical fraud to emphasize this fact.
Describe the necessary routine in entering and filling orders in a mail-order house shipping all goods by express.
British Dictionary definitions for mail order
an order for merchandise sent by post
a system of buying and selling merchandise through the post
(as modifier): a mail-order firm
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