Definition of mailbox in English:

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mailbox

Pronunciation: /ˈmālˌbäks/

noun

North American
1North American A public box with a slot into which mail is placed for collection by the post office.
Example sentences
  • He sealed, addressed, and stamped it before tucking it under his pocket and going for a brief walk down to the nearest public mailbox.
  • Plus, I also have to have a reason to get out of the house so I can drop it off in a public mailbox.
  • American postage stamps honouring the occasion mark the envelopes of Christmas cards that I cannot send from La Guardia Airport because the slots on all mailboxes are welded shut in the airport.
1.1A private box into which mail is delivered, especially one mounted on a post at the entrance to a person’s property.
Example sentences
  • If you suspect mail theft, get a lockable mailbox or rent a Post Office box.
  • The mailbox on its wooden post had been re-decorated numerous times, each time being adorned with a different design.
  • Several mailboxes to serve adjacent properties were placed under a roofed structure on the sidewalk across the road from the house.
1.2A computer file in which email messages received by a particular user are stored.
Example sentences
  • Email systems store messages in mailboxes with electronic addresses, which receivers check from time to time.
  • When I make a mistake, my mailbox begins filling with emails from readers within a few short minutes - and I almost always fix up the problem straight away.
  • Spam is up fivefold over the past 18 months, leaving the electronic mailboxes of Internet users jammed with billions of unwanted commercial e-mails.
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