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[meyl-man] /ˈmeɪlˌmæn/
noun, plural mailmen.
a person employed by the post office to deliver mail; mail carrier.
Origin of mailman
1860-65; mail1 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Over bad news when the mailman drops the letters in the creek.
  • She has already scanned the mailman's eyes and plans to scan the guy who loads snack machines.
  • Now he must be dead fifty years or more, buried in the mailman sweater.
  • Besides doing the job, it amuses her neighbors and the mailman, she says.
  • The mailman brought in a devilish question about breakfast bagels, and a sweet one about marriage and birthdays.
  • Your committee of decision makers grows wider until you're asking your mailman what he thinks.
British Dictionary definitions for mailman


noun (mainly US & Canadian) (pl) -men
another name for postman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mailman

also mail-man, 1841, from mail (n.1) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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