• (British, America) enPR: māl, IPA: /meɪ̯l/, [meɪ̯ɫ]


  1. (now regional) A bag or wallet. [from 13thc.]
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      What, loo, man, see here of dyce a bale; / A brydelynge caste for that is in thy male!
  2. A bag containing letters to be delivered by post.
  3. The material conveyed by the postal service. [from 17thc.]
    Don't forget to pick up the mail on your way.
    • 1823, The stranger in Liverpool; or, An historical and descriptive view of the town of Liverpool and its environs ↗, Seventh Edition, T. Kaye, page 96 ↗,
      The following are the hours at which the letter-box of this office is closed for making up the several mails, and the hours at which each mail is despatched: ¶ […]
    • 1887, John Houston Merrill (editor), The American and English Encyclopædia of Law ↗, Volume I, Edward Thompson, p.121 ↗,
      If he retains the account, and permits several mails to pass without objecting to it, he will be held to have admitted its correctness.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
      There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. Mail bags, so I understand, are being put on board. Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
  4. (dated) A stagecoach, train or ship that delivers such post.
  5. The postal service or system in general. [from 17thc.]
    He decided to send his declaration by mail.
  6. (chiefly US, uncountable) The letters, parcels, etc. delivered to a particular address or person. [from 19thc.]
  7. (uncountable) Electronic mail, e-mail: a computer network–based service for sending, storing, and forwarding electronic messages. [from 20thc.]
  8. A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.
  • (postal system) post (UK, Ireland, other dialects?)
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

mail (mails, present participle mailing; past and past participle mailed)

  1. (ditransitive) To send (a letter, parcel, etc.) through the mail.
  2. (ditransitive) To send by electronic mail.
    Please mail me the spreadsheet by the end of the day.
    • 1983, "Donn Seeley", Source for 'Grab' (on newsgroup net.unix-wizards)
      There has been a crackdown on non-ARPA use of a local ARPA gateway, so I am reluctant to attempt to mail the file to ARPA sites.
    • 1998, "Michael Tomsett", Re: Multiple postings? (on newsgroup
      Since .mp3's are so big (well for me with a 33.6kp/s connection they are anyway) maybe you should offer on your site to mail the file to people who want it, and have them request it, thus saving your web space, your upload time and their download time […]
    • 2003, "Chrissy", Re: Send mail with attachment (on newsgroup microsoft.public.excel.programming)
      If you mail an attachment from one mail client then it does not matter if the receiver uses a different mail client. The mail you send should be able to be read from their mail client.
  3. (transitive) To contact (a person) by electronic mail.
    I need to mail my tutor about the deadline.
    • 2000, "Carlton Alton Deltree", Whoever did this sucks... (on newsgroup alt.comp.virus)
      I was horrified but my data was OK. Then, it saw it open my e-mail package and start to mail my friends. I turned the power off.
    • 2002, Jessica Mann, The voice from the grave, [,+at+Quantico.+She+was+so+excited+by+it,+she+sent+all+those+emails,+you+remember+I+told+you+about+it+-%27+%27Yes,+she+mailed+me+from+there+too.%22&dq=%22Yes,+at+Quantico.+She+was+so+excited+by+it,+she+sent+all+those+emails,+you+remember+I+told+you+about+it+-%27+%27Yes,+she+mailed+me+from+there+too.%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Bx7-U8CsJ47NsQSajoKACQ&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAA page 189]:
      'Yes, at Quantico. She was so excited by it, she sent all those emails, you remember I told you about it -' 'Yes, she mailed me from there too.'
    • 2011, Rose Budworth-Levine, Intimate Encounters, page 41 ↗:
      He mailed me and said he had managed to hack into my email accounts.
  • (send through the mail) post
Translations Noun

mail (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) Armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.
  2. (nautical) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
  3. Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
    • John Gay:
      We […] strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.
    • J.R.R Tolkien:
      And metal wrought like fishes' mail.
  4. (obsolete, rare) A spot on a bird's feather; by extension, a spotted feather.
    • 1653, Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler:
      the moorish-fly; made with the body of duskish wool; and the wings made of the blackish mail of the drake
Related terms Translations Verb

mail (mails, present participle mailing; past and past participle mailed)

  1. (transitive) To arm with mail.
  2. (transitive) To pinion.

mail (plural mails)

  1. (historical) An old French coin worth half a denier.
  2. (chiefly, Scottish) A monetary payment or tribute.
  3. (chiefly, Scottish) Rent.
  4. (chiefly, Scottish) Tax.

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