night letter

  1. former name of overnight telegram. Abbreviation: NL

Origin of night letter

First recorded in 1910–15

Words Nearby night letter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use night letter in a sentence

  • 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
  • I get a night letter every morning, and, of course, if one of them got the sniffles I'd be off home like a shot.

    The Real Adventure | Henry Kitchell Webster
  • How much does civilization owe the telephone, the night-letter, the fast mail and two-cent postage?

    The Fiction Factory | John Milton Edwards
  • Listen: this morning Colonel-daddy got a night-letter from Billy Starbuck.

    The Real Man | Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for night letter

night letter

  1. (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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