or mail boat



a boat for transporting mail.

Origin of mailboat

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; mail1 + boat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mailboat

Historical Examples of mailboat

  • Don't you know that it is rather a serious thing to delay a Spanish mailboat?

    For Jacinta

    Harold Bindloss

  • Wyndham was wanted at home, the ebb tide was running and a mailboat was due to call at Takana lagoon.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

  • Leaning on it he looked down on the water and on the mailboat clearing the harbourmouth of Kingstown.


    James Joyce

  • The afternoon passed in preparation of monthly reports scheduled to go on the mailboat expected in that evening.


    Charles Goff Thomson

  • I don't expect him until he calls for his man—the one I've just hove out—when the West-coast mailboat comes in.

    For Jacinta

    Harold Bindloss