A list of people who all receive the same news or information. Before the advent of near-universal e-mail, a distribution list was simply a list of initials at the bottom of a cover sheet. Admins (who at that time were called "secretaries") would have to go down to the Xerox room and make photocopies for everyone. Now, a distribution list is the cc: field in the e-mail header, or, at slightly more sophisticated companies, a simple e-mail alias.

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