or in·box

  1. a boxlike tray, basket, or the like, as on a desk, for holding incoming mail, messages, or work.
  2. Computers. a folder for receiving and storing incoming e-mails or text messages. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (on a computer) a folder in a mailbox in which incoming messages are stored and displayed
  2. a US and Canadian name for in-tray
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Word Origin and History for inbox

by 1984 in electronic mail sense, from in + mailbox (n.). Cf. in-basket, in reference to office mail systems, by 1940.

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