Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[meyl-bag] /ˈmeɪlˌbæg/
a large bag used by mail carriers for carrying mail, usually equipped with a shoulder strap.
a large bag or pouch used in transporting mail in bulk from general post offices to branch offices, from city to city, etc.
Origin of mailbag
First recorded in 1805-15; mail1 + bag Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for mailbag
Historical Examples
  • "Ah, la juventud," said the old man who had brought the mailbag.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos
  • But the policeman had a mailbag to deliver that night, and we had to push on.

  • All of them therefore jumped up to greet the bearer of the mailbag, being greatly interested in news from the home folks.

  • The traineau she's all pile full of mailbag, and one man go along to drive the dog.

    Brother Billy

    Frances Maragret Fox
  • The padlock on that mailbag was all bent and bunged up when the stage smashed up against that tree.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall

    Spencer Davenport
  • The mailbag came across this afternoon when we were sitting at the Teng, never thinking!

    Viking Boys

    Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
  • As we passed the Saint-Paul halt, our old friend, the postman, was on the platform to receive the mailbag.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • The village postmaster stood staring at an official envelope that had just been shaken out of a mailbag upon the sorting-table.

    The Devil's Garden

    W. B. Maxwell
  • But that evening she wrote several letters which she did not show Helen, and took them herself to the mailbag in the lower hall.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • We scrambled out as best we could, and lost no time in salving the mailbag and our instruments.

British Dictionary definitions for mailbag


a large bag used for transporting or delivering mail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for mailbag

also mail-bag, 1794, from mail (n.1) + bag (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for mailbag

Word Value for mailbag

Scrabble Words With Friends