Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mail”

See all translations

mail

noun
 
 
/meɪl/
[U or S] ( UK also post) COMMUNICATIONS a system for sending letters and packages from place to place: Individuals using the mail to commit fraud are brought up on federal charges.in/through the mail The cheque is in the mail.by mail I could deliver it to you next week, or send it by mail today. domestic/internal/international mail
[U or S] ( UK also post) COMMUNICATIONS the letters and packages which are sent by post: deliver/forward/send (sb) mail Please tell the post office to forward all mail to our new address.get/receive mail We prefer to receive mail at our home office rather than in our stores.check/open/read your mail If you check your mail on the way out, you can deposit any cheques you find in it. deal with/handle the mailincoming/outgoing mail Outgoing mail should be marked with your department's code.express/first-class/second-class mail The cost of first-class mail will rise next year. business/private mail
[U] COMMUNICATIONS, INTERNET →  email : You have mail. check/reply to/read your mailmail message/client/server You need the address of your mail server before you can set up an account.
Mail used in the name of some newspapers: The Daily Mail The Hull Mail
→  See also airmail , bulk mail , certified mail , direct mail , email , flame mail , junk mail , mailing , post , registered mail , snail mail , surface mail
(Definition of mail noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mail?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “mail” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More