mail

1
[ meyl ]
/ meɪl /

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.

Nearby words

  1. maigre,
  2. maihem,
  3. maik,
  4. maiko,
  5. maikop,
  6. mail bomb,
  7. mail car,
  8. mail carrier,
  9. mail drop,
  10. mail flag

Idioms

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

Origin of mail

1
1175–1225; Middle English male (noun) < Old French malle < Germanic; compare Old High German mal(a)ha satchel, bag

Can be confusedmail male

mail

2
[ meyl ]
/ meɪl /

noun

flexible armor of interlinked rings.
any flexible armor or covering, as one having a protective exterior of scales or small plates.
Textiles. an oval piece of metal pierced with a hole through which the warp ends are threaded, serving as an eyelet on a heddle or especially on the harness cords of a Jacquard loom.

verb (used with object)

to clothe or arm with mail.

Origin of mail

2
1250–1300; Middle English maille one of the rings of which armor was composed < Old French < Latin macula spot, one of the interstices in a net; cf. macula

Related formsmail·less, adjective

mail

3

or maill

[ meyl ]
/ meɪl /

noun Scot.

monetary payment or tribute, especially rent or tax.

Origin of mail

3
before 1150; Middle English (north) mal(e), late Old English māl agreement < Old Norse māl agreement, speech, cognate with Old English mǣl speech

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British Dictionary definitions for mail

mail

1
/ (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

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

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

noun

Australian informal a rumour or report, esp a racing tip
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Word Origin and History for mail
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