mail·​box ˈmāl-ˌbäks How to pronounce mailbox (audio)
: a box at or near a dwelling for the occupant's mail
: a public box for deposit of outgoing mail
: a computer file in which email 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 Pick up your mail immediately after it’s delivered — and don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 15 Apr. 2024 My mom’s pieces were mostly the greens and yellows of a 1970s kitchen, purchased from co-workers or neighbors who circulated catalogs around the office or slipped them into mailboxes in our suburban subdivision. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2024 If the notes that my neighbors keep leaving in my mailbox are to be believed, the chairs are indeed miserable and sad—and wet and beginning to smell bad and attract raccoons. Alyssa Brandt, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 Glossy mailers overflowed in mailboxes, and TV ads filled the airwaves touting candidates in the 16th district race over the last several months. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 To be extra safe, skip the mailbox and take your checks directly to your local post office. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2024 Since then, Buckingham, 69, said her job as the group’s mailbox keeper has become full time. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 Thieves Trying to Steal ATM Machine, Tied it to a Stolen Garbage Truck — and Pulled: Authorities Investigators discovered their location after positively identifying fingerprints on a ransom note that was allegedly left in a mailbox belonging to the young girl's family. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 In October 1978, Paul Morantz, a lawyer who won class-action suits for ex-Synanon members, was pulling his mail from the mailbox when a rattlesnake bit him. Olivia B. Waxman, TIME, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mailbox was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Mailbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


mail·​box ˈmā(ə)l-ˌbäks How to pronounce mailbox (audio)
: a public box in which to place outgoing mail
: a private box (as on a house) for the delivery of incoming mail
: a computer file in which e-mail is collected

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