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mail

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noun \ˈmāl\

Definition of mail

chiefly Scotland

  1. :  payment, rent

Origin and Etymology of mail

Middle English male, maille, from Old English māl agreement, pay, from Old Norse māl speech, agreement; akin to Old English mǣl speech


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mail

noun, often attributive

Definition of mail

  1. 1 chiefly Scotland :  bag, wallet

  2. 2a :  material (such as letters and packages) sent or carried in a postal system sorting through the mail; also :  similar material distributed within an organization interoffice mailb :  a conveyance that transports mailc :  e-mail 2a

  3. 3 :  a nation's postal system a letter sent through the mail —often used in plural packages sent through the mails

Origin and Etymology of mail

Middle English male, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German malaha bag


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Postal Terms


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mail

verb

Definition of mail

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to send by mail :  post

mailability

play \ˌmā-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

mailable

play \ˈmā-lə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of mail in a Sentence

  1. if you don't mail that letter soon, it's going to arrive late

1827

First Known Use of mail

1827

Other Postal Terms


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mail

noun

Definition of mail

  1. 1 :  armor made of metal links or sometimes plates

  2. 2 :  a hard enclosing covering of an animal (such as a tortoise)

mailed

play \ˈmā(ə)ld\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of mail

Middle English maille metal link, mail, from Anglo-French, from Latin macula spot, mesh


First Known Use: 14th century



MAIL Defined for English Language Learners

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mail

verb

Definition of mail for English Language Learners

  • : to send (something, such as a letter or package) by mail


MAIL Defined for Kids

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mail

play
noun \ˈmāl\

Definition of mail for Students

  1. 1 :  letters and packages sent from one person to another through the post office

  2. 2 :  the system used for sending and delivering letters and packages

  3. 3 :  1e-mail 2


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mail

play
verb

Definition of mail for Students

mailed

;

mailing

  1. :  to send letters and packages through the post office


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mail

play
noun

Definition of mail for Students

  1. :  a fabric made of metal rings linked together and used as armor



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