[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mailbag


mailsack or sometimes US mailpouch

/ (ˈmeɪlˌbæɡ) /


a large bag used for transporting or delivering mail
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Word Origin and History for mailbag



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

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