mailbox etymology

English word mailbox comes from English mail, English box

Detailed word origin of mailbox

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mail English (eng) (nautical) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.. (obsolete, rare) A spot on a bird's feather; by extension, a spotted feather.. (uncountable) Armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.. Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc. (transitive) To contact (a [...]
box English (eng) (baseball) The rectangle in which the batter stands.. (computing, slang) A computer, or the case in which it is housed.. (cricket) A hard protector for the genitals worn by a batsman or close fielder inside the underpants.. (dated) A small country house.. (engineering) A cylindrical casing around for example a bearing or gland.. (euphemistic) Coffin.. (football) The penalty area.. (genetics) [...]
mailbox English (eng) (chiefly, US) A box into which mail is put. (computing) A folder or account for the storage of e-mail; an electronic in-box or mailstore.

Words with the same origin as mailbox

Descendants of box
boist homeodomain