pillar box

noun British.

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

Origin of pillar box

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called pillar post.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pillar box

letterbox, mailbox, postbox

Examples from the Web for pillar box

Historical Examples of pillar box

  • Just as she was about to drop the little packet into the pillar-box, she glanced at her watch.

  • “I was just going down to the pillar-box to post a letter,” and she exhibited her envelope.

    Miss Mapp

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • The others had all posted their letters in the pillar-box just outside our gate.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit

  • It was by sheer luck I slipped it into the pillar-box at Whitecliffe.

  • Drop that letter into the pillar-box and you will be worried by no more Asprays.

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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012