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

These bomb threats came only two days after an explosive device was found in a mailbox at the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Suspicious packages," 25 Oct. 2018 Antoinette Love’s mailbox has been overflowing for months. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "New Orleans Senior Antoinette Love Got Into 115 Colleges and $3.7 Million in Scholarship Offers," 26 Apr. 2019 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's thank you note finally reached the mailboxes of those who wished the couple a happy anniversary late last year. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Thank Fans Who Wished Them a Happy 71st Anniversary," 26 Feb. 2019 Waudby couldn’t even get into the school for weeks to check her PTO mailbox. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Fear, resentment — and more demand for vaccines as one Washington county grapples with measles outbreak," 1 Apr. 2019 My story would not be out for seven full days, till the next issue of the magazine hit the stands the following Wednesday, and then in mailboxes Thursday and Friday. Peter King,, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You: Peter King Says Farewell to SI’s Monday Morning QB," 21 May 2018 Often, royal watchers can wait months to receive their replies, but Eugenie's birthday thank you notes have already hit mailboxes, just a couple of weeks after her big day. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Thanks Fans Who Wished Her a Happy 29th Birthday," 10 Apr. 2019 Red and black balloons were tied to the mailbox, lights and tree where Hutchinson was wounded. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family of Tosa shooting victim pays tribute to him," 31 May 2018 Residents are advised to pile debris as close to the curb as possible and at least 5 feet from mailboxes, vehicles, fencing or hydrants and away from beneath power lines, cables or other wiring, city officials advised. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood will pick up debris from Harvey reconstruction," 22 May 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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