What does MAIL mean?

Definitions for MAILmeɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word MAIL.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mail(noun)

    the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service

  2. mail, mail service, postal service, post(noun)

    the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office

    "the mail handles billions of items every day"; "he works for the United States mail service"; "in England they call mail `the post'"

  3. mail(noun)

    a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system

  4. mail, post(noun)

    any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered

    "your mail is on the table"; "is there any post for me?"; "she was opening her post"

  5. chain mail, ring mail, mail, chain armor, chain armour, ring armor, ring armour(verb)

    (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings

  6. mail, get off(verb)

    send via the postal service

    "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"

  7. mail, post, send(verb)

    cause to be directed or transmitted to another place

    "send me your latest results"; "I'll mail you the paper when it's written"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mail(noun)

    a spot

  2. Mail(noun)

    a small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V

  3. Mail(noun)

    rent; tribute

  4. Mail(noun)

    a flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor

  5. Mail(noun)

    hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering

  6. Mail(noun)

    a contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage

  7. Mail(noun)

    any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc

  8. Mail(verb)

    to arm with mail

  9. Mail(verb)

    to pinion

  10. Mail(noun)

    a bag; a wallet

  11. Mail(noun)

    the bag or bags with the letters, papers, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail matter

  12. Mail(noun)

    that which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office

  13. Mail(noun)

    a trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried

  14. Mail(verb)

    to deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail; to post; as, to mail a letter

  15. Origin: [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]


  1. Mail

    Mail, or post, is a system for transporting letters and other tangible objects: written documents, typically enclosed in envelopes, and also small packages are delivered to destinations around the world. Anything sent through the postal system is called mail or post. A postal service can be private or public, though many governments place restrictions on private systems. Since the mid-19th century national postal systems have generally been established as government monopolies with a fee on the article prepaid. Proof of payment is often in the form of adhesive postage stamps, but postage meters are also used for bulk mailing. Postal authorities often have functions other than transporting letters. In some countries, a Postal Telegraph and Telephone service oversees the postal system as well as having authority over telephone and telegraph systems. Some countries' postal systems allow for savings accounts and handle applications for passports.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mail

    māl, n. defensive armour for the body formed of steel rings or network: armour generally.—v.t. to clothe in mail: (Scot.) to stain.—adjs. Mail′-clad, clad with a coat of mail; Mailed, protected by mail. [Fr. maille—L. macula, a spot or a mesh.]

  2. Mail

    māl, n. a bag for the conveyance of letters, &c.: the contents of such a bag: the person or the carriage by which the mail is conveyed.—v.t. to put into the mail: to send by mail.—adj. Mail′able, capable of being sent by mail.—ns. Mail′-bag, a bag in which letters are carried; Mail′-boat, a boat which carries the public mails; Mail′-cart, a cart in which mails are carried: a small cart, with long handles, for the amusement of children; Mail′-catch′er, an apparatus attached to a mail-carriage to catch up mail-bags while the train is in motion; Mail′-coach, -car, or -drag, the conveyance which carries the public mails; Mail′-guard, an officer who guards the public mails; Mail′ing-tā′ble, a table used in a post-office in sorting letters; Mail′-train, a railway train which carries the public mails. [O. Fr. male, a trunk, a mail—Old High Ger. malaha, a sack; Gael. mala, a sack.]

  3. Mail

    māl, n. an old French coin—half a denier: rent.—n. Mail′ing, a farm. [See Blackmail.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAIL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3051

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAIL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3378

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAIL' in Nouns Frequency: #1296


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MAIL in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MAIL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Jantze, The Norm (Daily Comic Strip):

    I have no life, just e-mail.

  2. Alex Douma:

    I wasn't intending on keeping the mail.

  3. Swiss Major General Urs Gerber:

    Their argument is they can't take mail from an organization which doesn't exist.

  4. Joe Zuniga:

    She looks the exact same. She still gets hate mail about it. She hates the attention.

  5. Stanton Delaplane:

    How much money did you make last year Mail it in. suggestion for a simplified tax form

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Translations for MAIL

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • بريدArabic
  • по́штаBelarusian
  • poštaCzech
  • postvæsenet, e-mail, post, e-post, mail, postenDanish
  • Post, Kettenpanzer, Kettenhemd, E-MailGerman
  • ταχυδρομείο, πανοπλία, αλληλογραφία, θώρακας, ταχυδρομώ, ηλεκτρονικό ταχυδρομείοGreek
  • poŝto, retpoŝtoEsperanto
  • mail, correo, malla, enviar por correo, correo electrónicoSpanish
  • پست, رایانامهPersian
  • meili, posti, rengaspanssari, postittaaFinnish
  • e-mail, courrier électronique, poste, mail, courriel, courrierFrench
  • דוארHebrew
  • डाकHindi
  • posta, páncél, levélHungarian
  • փոստArmenian
  • posta, inviar, postarInterlingua
  • posta elettronica, posta, cotta di maglia, maglia, inviare, impostare, e-mail, cottaItalian
  • 郵便Japanese
  • ფოსტაGeorgian
  • 우편물, 우편Korean
  • sūtaLatin
  • paštas, siųsti, el-paštasLithuanian
  • pasts, e-pasts, mailsLatvian
  • postDutch
  • expedir, enviar, correspondência, correio, malha, correio eletrônico, postar, e-mail, remeterPortuguese
  • poștăRomanian
  • электронная почта, почта, кольчуга, мыло, корреспонденцияRussian
  • poslati, послатиSerbo-Croatian
  • poštaSlovak
  • post, brynja, posta, mejlSwedish
  • తపాలాTelugu
  • ڈاکUrdu
  • פּאָסטYiddish

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