mail

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[ meyl ]
/ meɪl /
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noun

adjective

of or relating to mail.

verb (used with object)

to send by mail; place in a post office or mailbox for transmission.
to transmit by email.

Idioms

    copy the mail, Citizens Band Radio Slang. to monitor or listen to a CB transmission.

Origin of mail

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1175–1225; Middle English male (noun) < Old French malle < Germanic; compare Old High German mal(a)ha satchel, bag
Can be confusedmail male
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British Dictionary definitions for copy the mail (1 of 4)

mail

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/ (meɪl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsmailable, adjectivemailability, noun

Word Origin for mail

C13: from Old French male bag, probably from Old High German malha wallet

British Dictionary definitions for copy the mail (2 of 4)

mail

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/ (meɪl) /

noun

a type of flexible armour consisting of riveted metal rings or links
the hard protective shell of such animals as the turtle and lobster

verb

(tr) to clothe or arm with mail
Derived Formsmail-less, adjective

Word Origin for mail

C14: from Old French maille mesh, from Latin macula spot

British Dictionary definitions for copy the mail (3 of 4)

mail

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/ (meɪl) /

noun

archaic, mainly Scot a monetary payment, esp of rent or taxes

Word Origin for mail

Old English māl terms, from Old Norse māl agreement

British Dictionary definitions for copy the mail (4 of 4)

mail

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/ (meɪl) /

noun

Australian informal a rumour or report, esp a racing tip
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