mailmail1 /meɪl/ ●●●S3W3 noun [uncountable]1TCMthe letters and packages that are delivered to youYou shouldn't read other people's mail.He found a mountain of mail waiting for him.She promised to forward my mail to my new address (=send it from your old home or office to your new one).He gets sacks of fan mail (=letters from people who admire him).hate mail (=letters from people who hate you)2especially American EnglishTCM the system of collecting and delivering letters and packagesSYN post British EnglishThe mail here’s really slow and unreliable.The product will be sold mainly through the mail.in the mailI’ll put the check in the mail tomorrow.by mailDid you send the document by mail?registered/express/first-class etc mailI sent my application by registered mail.Most reports are sent via internal mail (=a system of sending documents to people inside the same organization).3messages that are sent and received on a computerSYN emailI check my mail a couple of times a day.She's just received another mail message from them.4PMDarmour made of small pieces of metal, worn by soldiers in the MiddleAges →voicemailCOLLOCATIONSverbssend mailPlease do not send personal mail to my work address.get/receive mailDid we get any mail this morning?the mail comes/arrivesThe mail had come late that day.the mail goes (out) (=it leaves an organization to be sent)What time does the mail go out?read your mailThe first thing he did was read his mail.open your mailShe opened her mail as she ate her breakfast.forward/redirect somebody's mail (=send it to a new address)The post office will forward your mail for a limited time.deliver the mailThe postman had just delivered the mail.sort mail (=put it into different piles, ready for delivery)Some mail still has to be sorted by hand.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + mail personal/private mail (=for one person to read and nobody else)He accused her of reading his private mail.fan mail (=letters from fans)He gets so much fan mail he had to employ a secretary to deal with it.hate mail (=letters expressing hate)She got threatening phone calls and hate mail.junk mail (=letters, usually advertisements, that you do not want)I only ever get junk mail and bills.registered mail (=letters insured against loss or damage)You have to sign for registered mail.
mailmail2 ●●●S3 verb [transitive] especially American English1TCMSENDto send a letter or package to someoneSYN post British Englishmail something to somebodyThe weekly newsletter is mailed to women all over the country.2to send a document to someone using a computerSYN emailmail something to somebodyCan you mail it to me as an attachment? →mail something ↔ out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
mail• Some one calculatingly vicious enough to maildeath to people he had never met.• It s just an idea - mail me or the group with any suggestions.• The agents are looking for evidence that puts Kaczynski at each site where a bomb was mailed or placed, officials said.mail something to somebody• We'll just mail the flyers to all the people on the list.Mail, TheThe MailMail, Theanother name for The Daily MailFrom King Business Dictionarymailmail1 /meɪl/ noun [uncountable]1the system of collecting or delivering letters, packages etcSYNPOST BrEYour cheque is in the mail (=I have just mailed it to you).Do not send cash through the mail.The company sells its computers by mail. →bulk mail →business reply mail →certified mail →registered mail →surface mail2the letters, packages etc that are sent to a particular person at a particular timeThe first thing he does when he arrives in the office is check his mail.My secretary sorts through the incoming mail (=mail being received).All outgoing mail (=mail being sent) must have a stamp on it.a sorting machine that processes first-class mail (=letters sent by the fastest normal mail service) by ZIP code →direct mail →junk mail →snail mail3COMPUTING messages sent by emailHave you read your mail yet?I got five mails this morning. →electronic mail →voice mailmailmail2 verb [transitive]1American English to send a letter or package to someoneSYNpost BrEThe letter was mailed last Thursday.2COMPUTINGto send someone a message by emailYou can phone, fax, or mail me at the office.→ See Verb tableOriginmail11. (1200-1300)Old Frenchmale“bag”2. (1200-1300)Frenchmaille, from Latinmacula“spot, woven threads”