mail order

noun
1.
an order for goods received or shipped through the mail.
2.
the business of selling merchandise through the mail.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism

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mail-order

[meyl-awr-der]
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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mail order
 
n
1.  an order for merchandise sent by post
2.  a.  a system of buying and selling merchandise through the post
 b.  (as modifier): a mail-order firm

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Word Origin & History

mail-order
1875, from mail (1) + order.
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Example sentences
The police also found six human skulls that she had purchased from a mail-order
  catalog.
If you can't find what you want locally, try a specialist or a mail-order
  source.
Bare-root plants are sold in late winter and early spring by retail nurseries
  and mail-order companies.
Garden centers and mail-order companies offer many sorts of hoes.
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