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- post road - One with a series of post-houses or stations for post-horses; a road on which mail was carried.
- nixie - Any piece of mail that is unable to be forwarded because it is illegibly or incorrectly addressed.
- post - Latin posita, "placed," gave us Italian posta, "station on a road," and became French poste, "a station for mail"—from the series of stations that fast horsemen traversed to deliver messages, giving us post, as in "mail system."
- blackmail - The "mail" in blackmail is Scottish for "tax, tribute," referring to the tribute demanded by rebel chiefs in return for their protection.
The public service by which letters and parcels are collected and delivered is usually called the post in British English and the mail in American English. Mail is also sometimes used in British English, for example in the name Royal Mail.
British speakers usually refer to letters and parcels delivered to them as their post. American speakers refer to these letters and parcels as their mail. Mail is also sometimes used in British English, especially in phrases such as junk mail and direct mail.
In both British and American English, mail is used to mean 'email'.
In both British and American English, post is used to refer to a comment or message that someone puts on a website.
Don't use 'post' or 'mail' to refer to the amount of money that you pay to send a letter or parcel. In both British and American English, this money is called postage.
British speakers talk about posting a letter or parcel. Americans usually say that they mail it.
In both British and American English, you can say that someone mails something to mean that they send it by email.
In both British and American English, you can say that someone posts on or posts something on the internet or on a website, to mean that they put a message, comment, or item there.
Past participle: mailed
|Noun||1.||mail - the bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service|
message - a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled; "he sent a three-word message"
1st class, 1st-class mail, first-class mail, first class - mail that includes letters and postcards and packages sealed against inspection
parcel post - postal service that handles packages
bulk mail - mail consisting of large numbers of identical items (circulars or advertisements) sent to individual addresses at less than 1st-class rates and paid for in one lot
third class, third-class mail - mail consisting of printed matter qualifying for reduced postal rates
airmail - letters and packages that are transported by aircraft
air mail - mail that is sent by air transport
surface mail - mail that is sent by land or sea
registered mail, registered post - mail that is registered by the post office when sent in order to assure safe delivery
special delivery - mail that is delivered by a special carrier (for an additional charge)
|2.||mail - the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office; "the mail handles billions of items every day"; "he works for the United States mail service"; "in England they call mail `the post'"|
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
snail mail - any mail that is physically delivered by the postal service; "email is much faster than snail mail"
|3.||mail - a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system|
|4.||mail - any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered; "your mail is on the table"; "is there any post for me?"; "she was opening her post"|
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
fan mail - mail sent to public figures from their admirers; "he hired someone to answer his fan mail"
hate mail - mail that expresses the writer's dislike or hatred (usually in offensive language)
mailing - mail sent by a sender at one time; "the candidate sent out three large mailings"
|5.||mail - (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings|
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
brigandine - a medieval coat of chain mail consisting of metal rings sewn onto leather or cloth
habergeon - (Middle Ages) a light sleeveless coat of chain mail worn under the hauberk
|Verb||1.||mail - send via the postal service; "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"|
send out, send - to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place; "He had sent the dispatches downtown to the proper people and had slept"
pouch - send by special mail that goes through diplomatic channels
|2.||mail - cause to be directed or transmitted to another place; "send me your latest results"; "I'll mail you the paper when it's written"|
express - send by rapid transport or special messenger service; "She expressed the letter to Florida"
airmail - send or transport by airmail; "Letters to Europe from the U.S. are best airmailed"
register - send by registered mail; "I'd like to register this letter"
express-mail - send by express mail or courier; "Express-mail the documents immediately"
transfer - move from one place to another; "transfer the data"; "transmit the news"; "transfer the patient to another hospital"
is there any mail for me? → ¿hay alguna carta para mí?
mail bomb N (US) (= letter bomb) → carta f bomba; (= parcel bomb) → paquete m bomba
mail car N (US) (Rail) → furgón m postal, vagón m correo
mail carrier N (US) → cartero/a m/f
mail coach N (Hist) → diligencia f, coche m correo (Rail) → furgón m postal, vagón m correo
mail merge N → combinación f de correspondencia
mail order N (= system) → venta f por correo; (= order) → pedido m por correo
see also mail-order mail room N → sala f de correo, departamento m de registro (de entradas y salidas)
mail train N → tren m correo
mail van N (Brit) (Aut) → camioneta f de correos (Rail) → furgón m postal, vagón m correo
by mail → par la poste
to be in the mail → être au courrier
Your cheque is in the mail → Votre chèque est au courrier.
Your reply must have been lost in the mail
BUT Votre réponse a du se perdre dans le courrier.
- Is there any mail for me?
- Please forward my mail to this address (US)
Please send my mail on to this address (UK)
- Where can I mail these cards? (US)
Where can I post these cards? (UK)
- How long will it take by regular mail? (US)
How long will it take by normal post? (UK)
- How long will it take by certified mail? (US)
How long will it take by registered post? (UK)
- How long will it take by priority mail? (US)
How long will it take by priority post? (UK)