[ meyl-awr-der ]
/ ˈmeɪlˌɔr dər /


pertaining to or obtained by mail order: a dozen mail-order rosebushes.

verb (used with object)

to order (merchandise) by mail: to mail-order fruitcakes for Christmas.

Origin of mail-order

First recorded in 1865–70

Definition for mail-order (2 of 2)

mail order


an order for goods received or shipped through the mail.
the business of selling merchandise through the mail.

Origin of mail order

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mail-order

mail order


an order for merchandise sent by post
  1. a system of buying and selling merchandise through the post
  2. (as modifier)a mail-order firm
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