What does mail mean?

Definitions for mail

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mailnoun

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

  2. mail, mail service, postal service, postnoun

    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. mailnoun

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

  4. mail, postnoun

    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 armourverb

    (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings

  6. mail, get offverb

    send via the postal service

    "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"

  7. mail, post, sendverb

    cause to be directed or transmitted to another place

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mailnoun

    Etymology: maille, Fr. maglia, Italian, from maille, the mesh of a net. Skinner. A quo fonte derivantur multa virorum nomina pr. ut mailhir, long or meiler, breich-vail clypeatus, vulgo broch-weel. Hy-vad, Howel boldly armed. Rowland.

    Some shirts of mail, some coats of plate put on,
    Some dond a curace, some a corslet bright. Edward Fairfax, b. i.

    Being advised to wear a privy coat, the duke gave this answer, That against any popular fury, a shirt of mail would be but a silly defence. Henry Wotton.

    Some wore coat-armour, imitating scale,
    And next their skin were stubborn shirts of mail;
    Some wore a breast-plate. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    We stript the lobster of his scarlet mail. John Gay.

  2. To Mailverb

    To arm defensively; to cover, as with armour.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The mailed Mars shall on his altar sit
    Up to the ears in blood. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    I am thy married wife,
    And thou a prince, protector of this land;
    Methinks I should not thus be led along,
    Mail’d up in shame, with papers on my back. William Shakespeare.


  1. Mail

    The mail or post is a system for physically transporting postcards, letters, and parcels. 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 a government monopoly, with a fee on the article prepaid. Proof of payment is usually in the form of an adhesive postage stamp, but a postage meter is also used for bulk mailing. Postal authorities often have functions aside from transporting letters. In some countries, a postal, telegraph and telephone (PTT) service oversees the postal system, in addition to telephone and telegraph systems. Some countries' postal systems allow for savings accounts and handle applications for passports. The Universal Postal Union (UPU), established in 1874, includes 192 member countries and sets the rules for international mail exchanges.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mailnoun

    a spot

  2. Mailnoun

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

  3. Mailnoun

    rent; tribute

  4. Mailnoun

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

  5. Mailnoun

    hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering

  6. Mailnoun

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

  7. Mailnoun

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

  8. Mailverb

    to arm with mail

  9. Mailverb

    to pinion

  10. Mailnoun

    a bag; a wallet

  11. Mailnoun

    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. Mailnoun

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

  13. Mailnoun

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

  14. Mailverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mail

    A coat of armour. Also, a number of rings interwoven net-wise, and used for rubbing off the loose hemp from white cordage after it is made.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mail

    (Fr. maille, It. maglia; from the Lat. macula, a “spot, hole, or mesh of a net”). Signifies a metal net-work, and is ordinarily applied to such net-work when used as body defensive armor. Well-made mail formed an admirable defense against all weapons except fire-arms, and its pliability and comparative lightness gave it favor over the more cumbrous plate-armor.

  2. mail

    To put a coat of mail or armor upon; to arm defensively.

Rap Dictionary

  1. mailnoun

    Money. "Mo' mail than the rest of the pushers" -- E-40

Editors Contribution

  1. mail

    A type of system created to transport documents, letters and other similar items.

    The mail system is so efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  
  2. mail

    A type of electronic or digital structure or system.

    The mail box online is very efficient and is valued.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Mail

    The American term for “post”--i.e. a letter. This word is, of course, derived from the mail bag in which letters are transmitted.

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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

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  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

Examples of mail in a Sentence

  1. Gregory Stenstrom appearedwith two other:

    By the time we got back there,all of the mail-in ballots werecounted.We had a universe of 126,000mail-in ballots.120,000 of which had beencounted.We got back there, myself andthe Democrat poll watcheraswell, we found 70,000 unopened mail-in ballots, we dont know where they went,we dont know why they werent counted, but we cant figure outwhy there were 70,000 unopenedballots.

  2. Gavin Parry:

    We've been waiting for the prospectus in the mail since Koizumi was in office, so for Abe to pull it off is a bit of a coup.

  3. Joe Williams Jr.:

    He was one of the first coaches in the South to do that. When Dad would travel with the team, if there was a restaurant that wouldn't let the whole team eat together, Dad just packed the whole team up, and they went to a restaurant where they could, dad was never one to get on a soap box and talk about stuff like that. It was more that he just always did the right thing. ... He went through a lot. He got death threats in the mail. But he just realized all his players were equal and wanted to treat them equally. It was about teaching his players how to be a good human being.

  4. Election Day.Read MoreELECTION:

    It very well could have started in a good place -- making sure that voters have confidence in using the mail for voting -- but I do think when we see the pattern of voter suppression coming out of the President in his use of the Post Office to try to suppress voters, I do think it's suspect.

  5. Ria Tabacco Mar:

    The mail policy is based on the dubious notion that gay prisoners pose a security threat simply for being who they are and the equally absurd idea that reading about gay people will somehow make you gay, gay people are no more likely to pose a threat than anyone else.

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Translations for mail

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  • بريدArabic
  • по́штаBelarusian
  • poštaCzech
  • e-mail, postvæsenet, posten, mail, e-post, postDanish
  • E-Mail, Post, Kettenpanzer, KettenhemdGerman
  • ταχυδρομώ, αλληλογραφία, ταχυδρομείο, θώρακας, πανοπλία, ηλεκτρονικό ταχυδρομείοGreek
  • poŝto, retpoŝtoEsperanto
  • malla, mail, correo, correo electrónico, enviar por correoSpanish
  • رایانامه, پستPersian
  • posti, rengaspanssari, meili, postittaaFinnish
  • e-mail, courrier électronique, poste, mail, courriel, courrierFrench
  • דוארHebrew
  • डाकHindi
  • posta, levél, páncélHungarian
  • փոստArmenian
  • inviar, posta, postarInterlingua
  • cotta di maglia, inviare, maglia, cotta, posta, posta elettronica, e-mail, impostareItalian
  • 郵便Japanese
  • ფოსტაGeorgian
  • 우편, 우편물Korean
  • sūtaLatin
  • paštas, siųsti, el-paštasLithuanian
  • mails, pasts, e-pastsLatvian
  • postDutch
  • correspondência, enviar, expedir, remeter, postar, correio, e-mail, malha, correio eletrônicoPortuguese
  • poștăRomanian
  • корреспонденция, мыло, почта, кольчуга, электронная почтаRussian
  • послати, poslatiSerbo-Croatian
  • poštaSlovak
  • posta, brynja, mejl, postSwedish
  • తపాలాTelugu
  • ڈاکUrdu
  • פּאָסטYiddish

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    someone who sees an event and reports what happened
    • A. witness
    • B. match
    • C. contribution
    • D. empire

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