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

Number of unread emails: 14—I don’t like full mailboxes. WSJ, "Chelsea Handler on Her Favorite Podcast," 2 Apr. 2019 When the tour group finds the image featured on each postcard, Pruitt has her guests write on the postcards, stamp them and drop them into mailboxes. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland tours send a message: Postcard scavenger hunts boost local spots, interactions," 3 May 2018 The device supports an unlimited number of additional mailboxes. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018 The new men’s store offers shoe shining and sneaker cleaning, guest barbers from Murdock London, and digital kiosks that allow customers to return items to a mailbox-like bin. Justina Vasquez,, "Nordstrom Looks to Win Over Manhattan With Focus on Service," 12 Apr. 2018 On the west side of St. Louis, yellow police tape stretched from the mailbox of a tan brick four-story apartment building across the sidewalk to a lightpost, and to its north, from the railing of a red brick two-flat across the sidewalk to a tree. Hannah Leone,, "7 shot Thursday, including 4 in West Englewood attack," 22 June 2018 Although cheap, these bags won't get you very far for anything other than a small stoop or step, or setting fence posts or a mailbox. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is How Much An Average Concrete Project Will Cost You," 25 Jan. 2019 Steve Wisbauer/Getty Images The idea of having a mailbox full of actual mail seems outdated. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Why so many hip startups advertise with snail mail," 1 Nov. 2018 On Monday, a bomb was found in a mailbox at Soros’ suburban New York home. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Soros-backed university in Hungary partly moving to Vienna," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of mailbox

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mailbox was in 1868

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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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