• (obsolete, rare) A spot on a bird's feather; by extension, a spotted feather.
  • (chiefly Scotland) A monetary payment or tribute.
  • A bag containing letters to be delivered by post.
  • The postal service or system in general. [from 17thc.]

    "He decided to send his declaration by mail."

  • A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.
  • Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
  • (now regional) A bag or wallet. [from 13thc.]
  • (chiefly Scotland) Tax.
  • (dated) A stagecoach, train or ship that delivers such post.
  • (uncountable) Electronic mail, e-mail: a computer network–based service for sending, storing, and forwarding electronic messages. [from 20thc.]
  • (nautical) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
  • (chiefly Scotland) Rent.
  • The material conveyed by the postal service. [from 17thc.]

    "Don't forget to pick up the mail on your way."

  • (chiefly US, uncountable) The letters, parcels etc delivered to a particular address or person. [from 19thc.]
  • (uncountable) Armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.


  • (transitive) To contact (a person) by electronic mail.

    "I need to mail my tutor about the deadline."

  • (transitive) To pinion.
  • (transitive) To send by electronic mail.

    "Please mail me the spreadsheet by the end of the day."

  • (transitive) To arm with mail.
  • (transitive) To send (a letter, parcel, etc.) through the mail.

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