Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Third-class mail, such as advertisements, mailed indiscriminately in large quantities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any mail or letters that are not welcome or solicited and typically sent in bulk; especially mail of a commercial nature such as advertising circulars and form letters

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. third-class mail consisting of advertising and often addressed to `resident' or `occupant'

Etymologies

From junk + mail (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • According to ForestEthics, more than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered to U.S. households annually—more than eight hundred pieces per household—almost half of which 44 percent is thrown away before being opened.37 This consumes more than 100 million trees, equivalent to clear-cutting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.38

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Now they’re upping the ante by campaigning to establish a national Do Not Mail Registry, like the Do Not Call Registry, to stop the incessant flow of junk mail to our homes.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

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    Spam: electronic junk mail

    February 6, 2008