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Mail appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Meter maid Mary married manly Matthew Marcus Mayo,
    a moody male mailman moving mostly metered mail.

Mail appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • No, start up a glossolalia; mail a loss Olga put rats on.
  • Eva, can I mail a pal lettergrams (telegrams) so boss Marge lets Margret tell a pal I am in a cave?
  • Dopy as sex at an isle ball, I am not upset at net options, as no IT potentates put on mail labels in a tax essay pod.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun mail:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb mail:


Fun fact! In the 16th and 17th century, "buttock-mail" was the name of a tax once levied in Scotland on people who had sex out of wedlock.

The word mail is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun mail

What does mail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: mails

  1. the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: message = a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
    • more specific terms:
    • part: missive / letter = a written message addressed to a person or organization
  2. the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office
  3. a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: conveyance / transport = something that serves as a means of transportation
  4. any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered
    • example: your mail is on the table
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of mail: post
    • more generic words: accumulation / aggregation / assemblage / collection = several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • fan mail = mail sent to public figures from their admirers
      • hate mail = mail that expresses the writer's dislike or hatred
      • mailing = mail sent by a sender at one time
  5. (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings

Alternative definition of the noun mail


  1. [uncountable] regular delivery of letters and small parcels.
  2. [singularonly] An organisation which operates such service (e.g. in Britain the Royal Mail)
  3. A single batch of mail picked up or delivered by such a service
  4. See 'mails'.
  5. [uncountable] electronic mail, e-mail: a computer network–based service for sending, storing, and forwarding electronic messages
  6. [uncountable] armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.
  7. [context: Chiefly Scottish] a monetary payment or tribute
  8. See rent.
  9. See tax.

Definition of the adjective mail

What does mail mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. made of armoured material (a mail shirt)

Definition of the verb mail

What does mail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: mailed | mailing | mails

  1. send via the postal service
    • example: I'll mail you the check tomorrow
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Amanda shoved John the box | Nora sent me the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London

      Verbs of Sending (with the same syntax): airmail, express, forward, hand, pass, send, ship, slip, smuggle, sneak, transmit, wire.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of mail: get off
    • more generic terms: send / send out = to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place
    • more specific word: pouch = send by special mail that goes through diplomatic channels
  2. cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
    • examples: I'll mail you the paper when it's written | They mail the parcel to their parents | They mail them the parcel
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of mail: post / send
    • more generic word: transfer = move from one place to another
    • more specific words:
      • express = send by rapid transport or special messenger service
      • airmail = send or transport by airmail
      • register = send by registered mail
      • express-mail = send by express mail or courier


"Mail" is a 2004 horror film directed by Iwao Takahashi.


"Mail" is a musical play by Jerry Colker.


Mail is a fictional character from the 2011 film Ombak Rindu.


Mail is a hamlet on the Shetland Islands, Scotland.


  1. Mail is an email program included with Apple Inc.'s OS X operating system. Originally developed by NeXT as NeXTMail, a part of their NeXTSTEP operating system, it was adapted to become OS X's Mail application following Apple's acquisition of NeXT. The current version of Mail utilizes the SMTP, POP3, and IMAP protocols, and supports Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, Gmail, iCloud and Exchange. iOS features a mobile version of Apple Mail with added Exchange ActiveSync support, though it is still missing the functionality of attaching files to reply emails. Mail has often been praised for its combination of simplicity and extensive functionality. As of April 2014, the iOS version of Mail is the most popular email client in the world by market share.
  2. mail is a command line email client for Unix and Unix-like operating systems.
  3. Mail is a horror manga series written and illustrated by Housui Yamazaki. The English translation is published by Dark Horse Comics.
  4. mail: .mail is a generic top-level domain proposed by The Spamhaus Project in 2004, but unapproved by ICANN. Its purpose is to enable responsible message recipients to reliably and efficiently identify and accept spam-free mailstreams.
  5. Mail is the 1988 theater production of the musical play by Jerry Colker.
    • award: - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography nomination for Grover Dale
  6. Mail a.k.a. nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells inhibitor, zeta is a gene.
    • also known as molecule possessing ankyrin repeats induced by lipopolysaccharide, Ikappa B-zeta variant 3

Phrases with Mail

Phrases starting with the word Mail:

  1. mail car
  2. mail out
  3. mail boat
  4. Mail bomb
  5. mail call
  6. mail slot
  7. Mail Stop
  8. mail-clad
  9. mail clerk
  10. mail fraud

Phrases ending with the word Mail:

  1. e-mail
  2. air mail
  3. fan mail
  4. bulk mail
  5. dead mail
  6. hate mail
  7. junk mail
  8. ring mail
  9. chain mail
  10. Ham E-Mail

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Mail

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Google previewMarketing For Dummies (2014)

by Alexander Hiam

Direct mail is the classic form of direct marketing — in fact, the whole field used to be called direct mail until changing practice forced marketers to adopt a broader term. Direct mail is the use of personalized sales letters, and it has a long ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Successful Entrepreneur (1999)

by John Sortino

Direct mail Direct mail is a great way of keeping in touch with current customers and can be effective in attracting new ones. If you don't have your own mailing list ,

Direct mail is an interesting business. If you're going to do it, make sure you ...

Google previewTelecommunications (2013)

A Handbook for Educators by Resa Azarmsa

Voice mail is a flexible means of sending a spoken message to someone even when the person is not at the remote terminal (the telephone).

Actually, voice mail is the transmission of a voice message to a recipient voice mailbox. Using a ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Circle Time and Group Activities for Children 3 to 6 (1996)

Over 600 Favorite Circle Time Activities Created by Teachers for Teachers by Kathy Charner

The children take turns being mail carriers, delivering letters to the children's mailboxes in the room. * Penni Smith ...

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Quotes about Mail

When you start thinking about taking pictures, sending an e-mail, receiving an e-mail, speaking into your phone and have it transcript voice into text and then sent as an e-mail, it's mind-boggling. (Steve Largent)
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Scrabble value of M3A1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of MAIL

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