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night letter

former name of overnight telegram.
Abbreviation: NL.
Origin of night letter
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for night-letter

night letter

(formerly, in the US and Canada) a telegram sent for delivery the next day at a cheaper rate than a regular telegram
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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