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Etymology 1

From Middle English male (bag, mail), from Old French male, from a Germanic source, from Proto-Indo-European *molko- (leather pouch).

Noun

Singular
mail

Plural
mails

mail (mails)
  1. (uncountable) regular delivery of letters and small parcels, see also post
  2. (not used in plural form) the organisation which operates such service (e.g. in Britain the Royal Mail)
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) a single batch of mail picked up by such a service
    • 1823, The stranger in Liverpool; or, An historical and descriptive view of the town of Liverpool and its environs, Seventh Edition,[1] T. Kaye, page 96,
      The following are the hours at which the letter-box of this office is closed for making up the several mails, and the hours at which each mail is despatched: ¶ []
    • 1887, John Houston Merrill (editor), The American and English Encyclopædia of Law, Volume I,[2] Edward Thompson, page 121,
      If he retains the account, and permits several mails to pass without objecting to it, he will be held to have admitted its correctness.
  4. See mails.
  5. (uncountable) electronic mail, e-mail: a computer network–based service for sending, storing, and forwarding electronic messages
Synonyms
  • post (UK, Ireland, other dialects?)
Derived terms
Translations
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Verb

Infinitive
to mail

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to mail (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) to send (a letter or parcel) through the mail
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Adjective

mail (not comparable)

Positive
mail

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. of or pertaining to mail/post
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Etymology 2

From Middle English maille (mail armor), from Old French maille, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] macula (blemish, mesh), probably from Proto-Indo-European *smh₁-tleh₂, from *smeh₁- (smear, rub).

Noun

Mail

Singular
mail

Plural
-

mail (-)
  1. (uncountable) armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.
Derived terms
Translations

Adjective

mail (not comparable)

Positive
mail

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. made of armoured material (a mail shirt)
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Fijian Hindi

Etymology

From English mile (imperial measure of distance).

Pronunciation

Noun

mail

  1. mile

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Romansch

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:rm:Template:lang:la derivations]] malum. Compare Romanian măr.

Noun

mail

  1. apple

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