mailbox


mailbox

noun

  1. a public box in which mail is placed for pickup and delivery by the post office.
  2. a private box, as at a home, into which mail is delivered by the mail carrier.
  3. Computers. a file for storing electronic mail.

noun

  1. mainly US and Canadian
    1. a slot, usually covered with a hinged flap, through which letters, etc are delivered to a building
    2. a private box into which letters, etc, are deliveredAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): letter box
  2. mainly US and Canadian a public box into which letters, etc, are put for collection and deliveryAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): postbox
  3. (on a computer) the directory in which e-mail messages are stored; also used of the icon that can be clicked to provide access to e-mails

n.also mail-box, 1797, “box for mailbags on a coach,” from mail (n.1) + box (n.1). Meaning “letterbox” is from 1853, American English.

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