See also: Mail and màil

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English male, from Anglo-Norman male, Old French male (bag, wallet), from Frankish *malha (bag), 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 13thc.]
  2. A bag containing letters to be delivered by post.
  3. The material conveyed by the postal service. [from 17thc.]
    Don't forget to pick up the mail on your way.
  4. (dated) A stagecoach, train or ship that delivers such post.
    • 1962 December, “Motive Power Miscellany: North Eastern Region”, in Modern Railways, pages 422, 425:
      On the morning after the one-day strike, October 4, one of the Type 4s on crew-training, No. D169, was appropriated to head the 3 a.m. mail to Hull, as no steam locomotive had been lit up and the usual Hull Type 3 was not available; [...].
    • 2022 January 12, Benedict le Vay, “The heroes of Soham...”, in RAIL, number 948, page 42:
      As he passed though the station, he slowed to yell to the signalman, Frank 'Sailor' Bridges: "Sailor - have you anything between here and Fordham? Where's the mail?" Gimbert knew the mail train was due, and he didn't want to endanger another train with his burning bomb wagon.
  5. The postal service or system in general. [from 17thc.]
    Synonym: (UK, Ireland) post
    He decided to send his declaration by mail.
  6. (chiefly US, uncountable) The letters, parcels, etc. delivered to a particular address or person. [from 19thc.]
  7. (uncountable) Electronic mail, e-mail: a computer network–based service for sending, storing, and forwarding electronic messages. [from 20thc.]
  8. A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.
Usage notesEdit

In the United States, the mails (with the and in the plural) can mean "the postal system".

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DescendantsEdit
  • Japanese: メール
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VerbEdit

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

  1. (ditransitive) To send (a letter, parcel, etc.) through the mail.
  2. (ditransitive) To send by electronic mail.
    Please mail me the spreadsheet by the end of the day.
    • 1983, "Donn Seeley", Source for 'Grab' (on newsgroup net.unix-wizards)
      There has been a crackdown on non-ARPA use of a local ARPA gateway, so I am reluctant to attempt to mail the file to ARPA sites.
    • 1998, "Michael Tomsett", Re: Multiple postings? (on newsgroup alt.music.manics)
      Since .mp3's are so big (well for me with a 33.6kp/s connection they are anyway) maybe you should offer on your site to mail the file to people who want it, and have them request it, thus saving your web space, your upload time and their download time []
    • 2003, "Chrissy", Re: Send mail with attachment (on newsgroup microsoft.public.excel.programming)
      If you mail an attachment from one mail client then it does not matter if the receiver uses a different mail client. The mail you send should be able to be read from their mail client.
  3. (transitive) To contact (a person) by electronic mail.
    I need to mail my tutor about the deadline.
    • 2000, "Carlton Alton Deltree", Whoever did this sucks... (on newsgroup alt.comp.virus)
      I was horrified but my data was OK. Then, it saw it open my e-mail package and start to mail my friends. I turned the power off.
    • 2002, Jessica Mann, The voice from the grave, page 189:
      'Yes, at Quantico. She was so excited by it, she sent all those emails, you remember I told you about it -' 'Yes, she mailed me from there too.'
    • 2011, Rose Budworth-Levine, Intimate Encounters, page 41:
      He mailed me and said he had managed to hack into my email accounts.
SynonymsEdit
  • (send through the mail): post
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Etymology 2Edit

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

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NounEdit

mail (usually uncountable, plural mails)

 
Mail.
  1. (uncountable) Armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.
    • 1956, C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle
      "That's funny looking mail, Sire," said Eustace.
      "Aye, lad," said Tirian. "No Narnian dwarf smithied that. []
  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.
  4. (obsolete, rare) A spot on a bird's feather; by extension, a spotted feather.
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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

From Middle English mal, male from Old English māl (speech, contract, agreement) from Old Norse mál (agreement, speech, lawsuit). Akin to Old English mǣl (speech). Related to Old English mǣlan (mell), maþelian (to speak out, declare). From *maþlą (meeting-place), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d- (to encounter, come), if so related to meet, and moot.

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NounEdit

mail (plural mails)

  1. (historical) An old French coin worth half a denier.
  2. (chiefly Scotland) A monetary payment or tribute.
  3. (chiefly Scotland) Rent.
  4. (chiefly Scotland) Tax.
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DalmatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin milium.

NounEdit

mail m

  1. millet
  2. birdseed

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English email.

NounEdit

mail

  1. email

DeclensionEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

mail

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

EstonianEdit

NounEdit

mail

  1. adessive plural of maa

Fiji HindiEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English mile (imperial measure of distance).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mail

  1. mile

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FrenchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin malleus (hammer).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mail m (plural mails)

  1. maul
  2. (sports, historical) pall mall mallet
  3. (by extension) pall mall
  4. mall, promenade
  5. (Quebec) mall, shopping mall
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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from English email.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mail m (plural mails)

  1. (informal) email
    Synonyms: courriel, mél

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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

mail

  1. singular imperative of mailen
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of mailen

GothicEdit

RomanizationEdit

mail

  1. Romanization of 𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌻

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English mail.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mail f (invariable)

  1. (colloquial) email
    • 2016 December 29, Paolo Lepri, “Obama Putin (e non solo) la scelta di un finale in attacco”, in Corriere della Sera[1], retrieved 2020-11-10:
      [] una democrazia che Trump (ricordiamoci le accuse di «falsificazione» delle elezioni, la strumentalizzazione della vicenda delle mail di Hillary, l’uso senza scrupoli della «post-verità») deve assolutamente imparare a rispettare pienamente.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ e-mail, mailing in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Further readingEdit

  • mail in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

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Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

mail

  1. Alternative form of mayle

PolishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mail m inan

  1. Alternative form of mejl

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

adjective
verb

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noun

Further readingEdit

  • mail in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • mail in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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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SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeil/, [ˈmei̯l]

NounEdit

mail m (plural mailes)

  1. email
    Synonyms: correo, correo electrónico, email

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

mail n

  1. Alternative spelling of mejl

DeclensionEdit

Declension of mail 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mail mailet mail mailen
Genitive mails mailets mails mailens

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Tok PisinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English mile.

NounEdit

mail

  1. mile