from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To buy or sell goods to be delivered by mail

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In commerce and manufacturing, an order for goods, received by mail.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Female mail-order clerks at Siegel-Cooper Dry Goods Store formed the Bachelor Girls Social Club as a place where “we enjoy our independence and freedom.”

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  • Brownells, the gunsmith supply mail-order firm from Montezuma, Iowa, are among the good guys in our industry, and they do more than just talk about the need to nurture the next generation of shooters.

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  • I only went to school through 10th grade, then finished up my diploma through a mail-order course.

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  • If successful, Dish's bid would add to other recent acquisitions by Mr. Ergen as he tries to compete with cable-television companies and DVD mail-order and online streaming giant Netflix Inc. Dish has agreed to purchase DBSD North America Inc. out of bankruptcy for $1.4 billion, which would give Mr. Ergen control of that company's wireless spectrum.

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  • In May, he made at least $1,001 when he sold his stock in Hewlett-Packard Co. He made at least another $2,000 in January when he sold shares in Sun Microsystems Inc. and Netflix Inc., the mail-order movie rental company.

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  • It established a telephone hotline to alert them to its touring schedule ahead of any public announcement, reserved for them some of the best seats in the house, and capped the price of tickets, which the band distributed through its own mail-order house.

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  • They have a financial interest in doing so, both because it increases their own profit, and because community pharmacies compete with the mail-order pharmacies run by the PBMs themselves.

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  • True story: I once asked the mail-order phone operator if they sold those (I was looking for wings for an angel Halloween costume way back when) and she laughed hysterically for five straight minutes.

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  • Ensuring that fragile and sometime perishable goods arrive unsullied is a challenge, especially over the holidays, when specialty food companies do a large percentage of their mail-order business.

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  • At White Flower Farm, a mail-order nursery in Litchfield, Conn., President Lorraine Calder says a lavender holiday wreath has been one of her top-selling new wreaths this year.

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