\ ˈmāl How to pronounce mail (audio) \

Definition of mail

 (Entry 1 of 4)

chiefly Scotland


noun (2), often attributive

Definition of mail (Entry 2 of 4)

1 chiefly Scotland : bag, wallet
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 mail
b : a conveyance that transports mail
3 : a nation's postal system a letter sent through the mail often used in pluralpackages sent through the mails


mailed; mailing; mails

Definition of mail (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to send by mail : post entry 4

Definition of mail (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : armor made of metal links or sometimes plates
2 : a hard enclosing covering of an animal (such as a tortoise)

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mailability \ ˌmā-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce mailability (audio) \ noun
mailable \ ˈmā-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce mailable (audio) \ adjective

Noun (3)

mailed \ ˈmāld How to pronounce mailed (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for mail

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of mail in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of mail

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1827, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mail

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

Noun (3)

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

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Time Traveler for mail

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The first known use of mail was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mail. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mail

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


\ ˈmāl How to pronounce mail (audio) \

Kids Definition of mail

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : letters and packages sent from one person to another through the post office
2 : the system used for sending and delivering letters and packages


mailed; mailing

Kids Definition of mail (Entry 2 of 3)

: to send letters and packages through the post office



Kids Definition of mail (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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to insert between existing elements

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