mail·​bag | \ˈmāl-ˌbag \

Definition of mailbag 

1 : a letter carrier's shoulder bag

2 : a pouch used in the shipment of mail

Examples of mailbag in a Sentence

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Dear Carl: Please refer to any one of our previous mailbags for an automated response. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Story of Clapback-idon," 8 June 2018 Ryan Divish touched on how Cano’s return could impact Dee Gordon, who moved back to playing second everyday in his absence, in a previous mailbag. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Mariners Game Day: Wade LeBlanc opens series against Rangers in Texas," 6 Aug. 2018 Plus, Dana holds the mailbag and Chris faces judicial trivia. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "The GOP battle for the speakership intensifies," 7 Sep. 2018 From the mailbag @ZBerm is Sidney Jones going to a immediate contributor this year? Zach Berman,, "What to know about Eagles' undrafted rookies | Early Birds," 16 May 2018 Speaking of the time to shut it down and take a little vacation, the mailbag will return when training camp gets going. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: How does offense stack up to '17 Chiefs? What position battles loom on offensive line?," 12 June 2018 These and other questions are answered in this special midweek edition of our mailbag., "Will Denzel Ward start for the Browns in Week 1? Hey, Mary Kay!," 15 May 2018 And, yes, inside jokes are allowed because this is my mailbag. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls Q&A: Will they trade up for Mo Bamba? Have they made a draft promise?," 5 June 2018 And finally, as promised, a bit of positive mail to end this week’s mailbag: From: MJ To: Michael Harriot Good Morning Michael! Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Blame Obama and My Mama," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mailbag

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mailbag was in 1812

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English Language Learners Definition of mailbag

: a large bag used for sending letters and packages in a truck, airplane, etc.

: a bag carried by a person who delivers the mail

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