Meaning of MAIL in English


I. ˈmāl noun

Etymology: Middle English male, maille, from Old English māl agreement, pay, from Old Norse māl speech, agreement; akin to Old English mǣl speech

Date: before 12th century

chiefly Scottish : payment , rent

II. noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English male, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German malaha bag

Date: 13th century

1. chiefly Scottish : bag , wallet


a. : material sent or carried in the postal system

b. : a conveyance that transports mail

c. : e-mail 2a

3. : a nation's postal system — often used in plural

III. transitive verb

Date: 1827

: to send by mail : post

• mail·abil·i·ty ˌmā-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

• mail·able ˈmā-lə-bəl adjective

IV. noun

Etymology: Middle English maille metal link, mail, from Anglo-French, from Latin macula spot, mesh

Date: 14th century

1. : armor made of metal links or sometimes plates

2. : a hard enclosing covering of an animal (as a tortoise)

• mailed ˈmā(ə)ld adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.