pillar box

noun British.

a pillarlike box in which letters are deposited for collection by mail carriers; mailbox.


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Origin of pillar box

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called pillar post.
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British Dictionary definitions for pillar box

pillar box


(in Britain) a red pillar-shaped public letter box situated on a pavement

adjective pillar-box

characteristic of a pillar box (in the phrase pillar-box red)
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