Definition of “mail order” - English Dictionary

“mail order” in British English

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mail ordernoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmeɪl ˌɔː.dər/ us /ˈmeɪl ˌɔːr.dɚ/

(Definition of “mail order” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“mail order” in American English

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mail ordernoun [ U ]

us /ˈmeɪl ˌɔr·dər/

a way of shopping in which you send payment and a form showing the product you want to buy to the company who makes the product, and it sends the product to you:

I often buy clothes by mail order.

(Definition of “mail order” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“mail order” in Business English

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mail ordernoun [ U ]

also mail-order uk us COMMERCE

a way of buying goods in which you choose what you want, usually from a catalogue or from a website, and it is sent to you by mail:

There are three methods of buying meat: supermarkets, butchers, and mail order.
through/by mail order She started a business selling clothes by mail order.
mail order business/company/supplier Our mail order business is slowly taking over our in-store sales.
mail-order clothes/cosmetics/plants
mail-order
verb [ T ]

Mail-ordered goods accounted for much of the increase in sales.

(Definition of “mail order” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)