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.
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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Mailbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 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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