EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Anglo-Norman male, meole et al., Old French male (bag, wallet), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *malhō (bag, pouch), from Proto-Indo-European *molko- (leather pouch). Compare Dutch maal.

NounEdit

mail (countable and uncountable, plural mails)

  1. (now regional) A bag or wallet. [from 13th c.]
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      What, loo, man, see here of dyce a bale; / A brydelynge caste for that is in thy male!
  2. A bag containing letters to be delivered by post; the material conveyed by the postal service. [from 17th c.]
    Don't forget to pick up the mail on your way.
    • 1823, The stranger in Liverpool; or, An historical and descriptive view of the town of Liverpool and its environs, Seventh Edition,[1] T. Kaye, page 96,
      The following are the hours at which the letter-box of this office is closed for making up the several mails, and the hours at which each mail is despatched: ¶ []
    • 1887, John Houston Merrill (editor), The American and English Encyclopædia of Law, Volume I,[2] Edward Thompson, page 121,
      If he retains the account, and permits several mails to pass without objecting to it, he will be held to have admitted its correctness.
  3. A person or vehicle that delivers such post; the postal service or system in general. [from 17th c.]
    He decided to send his declaration by mail.
  4. (chiefly US) (uncountable) The letters, parcels etc delivered to a particular address or person. [from 19th c.]
  5. (uncountable) electronic mail, e-mail: a computer network–based service for sending, storing, and forwarding electronic messages. [from 20th c.]
  6. A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  7. See mails.
SynonymsEdit
  • (regular deliver of letters and small parcels): post (UK, Ireland, other dialects?)
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VerbEdit

mail (third-person singular simple present mails, present participle mailing, simple past and past participle mailed)

  1. (transitive) to send (a letter, parcel, etc.) through the mail
  2. (transitive) to send by electronic mail
SynonymsEdit
  • (send through the mail): post
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English maille (mail armor), from Old French maille (loop, stich), from Latin macula (blemish, mesh), probably from Proto-Indo-European *smh₁-tleh₂, from *smeh₁- (smear, rub).

NounEdit

Mail

mail (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.
  2. (nautical) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
  3. Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
    • John Gay
      We [] strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.
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VerbEdit

mail (third-person singular simple present mails, present participle mailing, simple past and past participle mailed)

  1. (transitive) To arm with mail.
  2. (transitive) To pinion.

Etymology 3Edit

Middle English mal, male from Old English māl (speech, contract, agreement) from Old Norse mál (agreement, speech, lawsuit). Akin to Old English mæl (mǣl).

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NounEdit

mail (plural mails)

  1. (chiefly Scotland) A monetary payment or tribute.
  2. Rent.
  3. Tax.
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Etymology 4Edit

NounEdit

mail (plural mails)

  1. A spot.

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DalmatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin milium.

NounEdit

mail m

  1. millet
  2. birdseed

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

mail

  1. first-person singular present indicative of mailen
  2. imperative of mailen

Fiji HindiEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English mile ("imperial measure of distance").

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mail

  1. mile

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin malleus (hammer).

NounEdit

mail m (plural mails)

  1. mallet
  2. (sports, historical) pall mall
  3. mall, promenade
  4. (Quebec) mall, shopping mall

Etymology 2Edit

From English email

NounEdit

mail m (plural mails)

  1. email
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GermanEdit

VerbEdit

mail

  1. Imperative singular of mailen.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of mailen.

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English mail.

NounEdit

mail f (invariable)

  1. email

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RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Sursilvan, Surmiran) meil
  • (Sutsilvan) mel

EtymologyEdit

From Vulgar Latin melum, from Latin mālum. Compare Friulian mêl, Romanian măr.

NounEdit

mail m (plural mails)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Vallader) apple

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