voice mail


variants or voicemail or less commonly voice-mail
: an electronic communication system in which spoken messages are recorded or digitized and stored for later playback to the intended recipient
left a message in the company's voice mail
typically hyphenated in attributive use
a voice-mail system
: messages received through a voice-mail system
checking her voice mail
: a voice-mail message
listening to a voice mail

Example Sentences

Just leave a message on my voice mail. I left her a voice mail. You have two new voice mails.
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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of voice mail was in 1980

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“Voice mail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voice%20mail. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

voice mail


: an electronic communication system in which spoken messages are recorded for later playback to the intended recipient
also : such a message

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