night letter

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noun

former name of overnight telegram. Abbreviation: NL

Nearby words

  1. night heron,
  2. night jasmine,
  3. night journey,
  4. night key,
  5. night latch,
  6. night light,
  7. night lizard,
  8. night monkey,
  9. night nurse,
  10. night office

Origin of night letter

First recorded in 1910–15

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Examples from the Web for night letter

  • Listen: this morning Colonel-daddy got a night-letter from Billy Starbuck.

    The Real Man|Francis Lynde
  • How much does civilization owe the telephone, the night-letter, the fast mail and two-cent postage?

    The Fiction Factory|John Milton Edwards
  • Gene Beavers received a night-letter from Doctor Winslow on the following day, and it contained its full quota of words.

    Rilla of the Lighthouse|Grace May North


British Dictionary definitions for night letter

night letter

noun

(formerly, in the US and Canada) a telegram sent for delivery the next day at a cheaper rate than a regular telegram
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