mail meaning

[ meil ] Pronunciation:   "mail" in a sentence
Verb: mail  meyl
  1. Send via the postal service
    "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"
    - get off 
  2. Cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
    "I'll mail you the paper when it's written"
    - post [Brit], send
Noun: mail  meyl
  1. The bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service 
  2. The system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office
    "the mail handles billions of items every day"; "he works for the United States mail service"
    - mail service, postal service, post [Brit] 
  3. A conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system 
  4. Any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered
    "your mail is on the table"
    - post [Brit] 
  5. (Middle Ages) flexible armour made of interlinked metal rings
    - chain mail, ring mail, chain armor [US], chain armour [Brit, Cdn], ring armor [US], ring armour [Brit, Cdn]

Sounds like: male

Derived forms: mailing, mails, mailed

See also: mailer, mailing

Type of: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, body armor [US], body armour [Brit, Cdn], cataphract, coat of mail, collection, communicating, communication, conveyance, message, send, send out, suit of armor [US], suit of armour [Brit, Cdn], transfer, transport

Encyclopedia: Mail Mail, Shetland

noun, verb

noun [U]


1 (BrE also post)

the official system used for sending and delivering letters, packages, etc:

The cheque is in the mail.

Please return our copy of the contract by mail.

a mail distribution centre

Can you bring me the form or use the internal mail?


express/first-class/second-class mail

internal/international mail

2 (BrE also post)

letters, packages, etc. that are sent and delivered:

Has the mail arrived?

We received a cheque from them in the mail today.

mail deliveries

an item/a piece of mail

The company has a licence to deliver bulk mail (= letters, etc. sent in large numbers by businesses).

❖ to deliver/handle mail

◆ to get/receive/send (out) mail

◆ to answer/deal with/open/read your mail

incoming/outgoing mail

bulk/business/private mail


messages that are sent or received on a computer:

Check regularly for new mail.

incoming/outgoing mail


verb [+ obj]

1 mail sth (to sb/sth) | mail (sb) sth

to send sth to sb using the postal system:

We mail a new catalogue to our customers every year.

We mail our customers a new catalogue every year.

The company intends to mail 50 000 households in the area.

2 mail sb | mail sth (to sb/sth) | mail (sb) sth

to send a message to sb by email:

Please mail us at the following email address.

Mail your order to the following email address.


mail sth out

to send out a large number of letters, etc. at the same time:

The brochures were mailed out last week.


The functions and activities carried out by the U.S. Postal Service,foreign postal services,and private postal services such as Federal Express.

<messaging> 1. electronic mail.

2. The Berkeley Unix program for composing and reading electronic mail. It normally uses sendmail to handle delivery.

Unix manual page: mail(1)


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  1. please forward my mail to my new address.
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  3. i used to get the mail early in the morning.
  4. the recent mail influx had depressed him.
  5. is there another mail in the afternoon?

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