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[meyl-bag] /ˈmeɪlˌbæg/
a large bag used by mail carriers for carrying mail, usually equipped with a shoulder strap.
a large bag or pouch used in transporting mail in bulk from general post offices to branch offices, from city to city, etc.
Origin of mailbag
1805-15; mail1 + bag Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As we passed the Saint-Paul halt, our old friend, the postman, was on the platform to receive the mailbag.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • But the policeman had a mailbag to deliver that night, and we had to push on.

  • We scrambled out as best we could, and lost no time in salving the mailbag and our instruments.

  • The padlock on that mailbag was all bent and bunged up when the stage smashed up against that tree.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall Spencer Davenport
  • "Ah, la juventud," said the old man who had brought the mailbag.

    Rosinante to the Road Again John Dos Passos
  • The village postmaster stood staring at an official envelope that had just been shaken out of a mailbag upon the sorting-table.

    The Devil's Garden W. B. Maxwell
  • All of them therefore jumped up to greet the bearer of the mailbag, being greatly interested in news from the home folks.

  • A fast train whiffled through the town and they baggage-hooked a mailbag off the car at about a hundred and fifty per.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • I wiped her off the side of the car like a mailbag is clipped from the fast express by the catch-hook.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Among other outrages, a mailbag was stolen from the York postboy, on the evening of February 22 in that year.

British Dictionary definitions for mailbag


a large bag used for transporting or delivering mail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mailbag

also mail-bag, 1794, from mail (n.1) + bag (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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