mail-order
mail-order buying mail-order buying, mail-order mail-order . The buying and selling of goods to be shipped from the vendor through the mail to the purchaser. Information about to be purchased may be found in catalogs, advertisements, on the web, etc., and purchase orders transmitted to the vendor by mail, telephone, or internet connection. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • mail order — ˌmail ˈorder noun [uncountable] COMMERCE a method of buying and selling in which the buyer chooses goods at home, either from a catalogue (= a book containing pictures and descriptions of goods for sale) or from the Internet, and has them sent to …   Financial and business terms

  • mail-order — ˌmail ˈorder noun [uncountable] COMMERCE a method of buying and selling in which the buyer chooses goods at home, either from a catalogue (= a book containing pictures and descriptions of goods for sale) or from the Internet, and has them sent to …   Financial and business terms

  • mail order — mail orders 1) N UNCOUNT: oft by N, N n Mail order is a system of buying and selling goods. You choose the goods you want from a company by looking at their catalogue, and the company sends them to you by post. The toys are available by mail… …   English dictionary

  • mail-order — 1875, from MAIL (Cf. mail) (n.1) + ORDER (Cf. order). Before television and the Internet, the bane of retailers and shop owners. The origin, foundation and principle of mail order trading is universally recognized as wrong. It was conceived in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mail order — n [U] a method of buying and selling in which the buyer chooses goods at home and orders them from a company which sends them by post by mail order ▪ It is available by mail order from Green Life Products. ▪ a mail order catalogue …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mail order — noun uncount a way of buying goods in which you order them by mail or by telephone and they are mailed to you: This book is available from bookstores or by mail order. a mail order catalog …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mail order — ☆ mail order n. an order for goods to be sent by mail mail order adj …   English World dictionary

  • mail order — ► NOUN ▪ the ordering of goods by post …   English terms dictionary

  • Mail order — Cover of a mail order catalogue for scientific equipment. Mail order is a term which describes the buying of goods or services by mail delivery. The buyer places an order for the desired products with the merchant through some remote method such… …   Wikipedia

  • mail order — noun a purchase negotiated by mail (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑order, ↑purchase order * * * ˌmail ˈorder [mail order mail orders] noun …   Useful english dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”