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mail order

noun
1.
an order for goods received or shipped through the mail.
2.
the business of selling merchandise through the mail.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism

mail-order

[meyl-awr-der] /ˈmeɪlˌɔr dər/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or obtained by mail order:
a dozen mail-order rosebushes.
verb (used with object)
2.
to order (merchandise) by mail:
to mail-order fruitcakes for Christmas.
Origin
1865-70
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Examples for mail order
  • Purchase organic ingredients at reputable health food stores and mail order companies.
  • Publishers' rates include educational, mail order, and non-profit advertising.
  • It's an mail order catalog and online company that sells party supplies.
  • His business: breeding exotic pythons and selling them by mail order.
British Dictionary definitions for mail order

mail order

noun
1.
an order for merchandise sent by post
2.
  1. a system of buying and selling merchandise through the post
  2. (as modifier) a mail-order firm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mail order
mail-order
1875, from mail (1) + order.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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