mail·​box | \ ˈmāl-ˌbäks How to pronounce mailbox (audio) \

Definition of mailbox

1 : a box at or near a dwelling for the occupant's mail
2 : a public box for deposit of outgoing mail
3 : a computer file in which e-mail is collected

Examples of mailbox in a Sentence

On the way to work, I dropped my letters in the corner mailbox. She checked her mailbox daily, hoping for a letter from her son.
Recent Examples on the Web In the video, Christine Przybylski, 5, skips out to the family's mailbox. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A five-year-old barely escaped as a coyote chased her in her front yard," 25 Sep. 2019 Private property damage, Lewis Road A resident told police on June 2 that his mailbox had been damaged sometime overnight. Joseph Clark,, "Car crashes into exterior of drugstore: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 10 June 2019 The cluster included 16 individual mailboxes and two parcel boxes, Police Department spokesman Jason Flam said. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Cluster of mailboxes stolen from Mesa neighborhood," 16 Dec. 2019 In Denmark, the stickers were found on the mailbox of Ella and Henrik Chievitz, a Jewish couple from Silkeborg, a town located 150 miles west of Copenhagen. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "On Kristallnacht anniversary, yellow stars appear on Jewish sites in Scandinavia," 10 Nov. 2019 The arrest capped a week-long manhunt that started Monday when an employee for George Soros pulled a manila envelope with six American flag stamps out of the mailbox of the billionaire liberal donor’s Westchester County, N.Y., home. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Fingerprint Leads to Arrest of Letter-Bomb Suspect in Florida," 26 Oct. 2018 Britain’s election laws are woefully out of date, written more for a time when leaflets were pushed through mailboxes, not as Facebook and other social media giants publish political ads., "Clinton: UK voters must see Russian influence report - The Boston Globe," 13 Nov. 2019 Britain's election laws are woefully out of date, written more for a time when leaflets were pushed through mailboxes, not as Facebook and other social media giants publish political ads. Danica Kirka, Fortune, "Hillary Clinton Astonished Why Britain Hasn’t Released Report on Russian Influence in UK Politics," 12 Nov. 2019 The point is to give voters a better idea of who is behind the campaign ads that inundate their mailboxes, social media feeds and TVs in the run-up to an election. Trisha Thadani,, "SF voters pass Prop. F, the ‘Sunlight on Dark Money’ measure," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of mailbox

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2020

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“Mailbox.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mailbox

chiefly US
: a public box in which letters and packages are placed to be collected and sent out
: a private box on or near a house in which mail is placed when it is delivered
computers : a computer folder that holds e-mail


mail·​box | \ ˈmāl-ˌbäks How to pronounce mailbox (audio) \

Kids Definition of mailbox

1 : a public box in which to place outgoing letters
2 : a private box (as on a house) for the delivery of incoming letters

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