or mail boat

[ meyl-boht ]

  1. a boat for transporting mail.

Origin of mailboat

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; mail1 + boat

Words Nearby mailboat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mailboat in a sentence

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

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

    Terry | 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
  • 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
  • What day of the month is this, and have they changed the homeward mailboat's time bill?

    The League of the Leopard | Harold Bindloss