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pillar box

noun, British
a pillarlike box in which letters are deposited for collection by mail carriers; mailbox.
Also called pillar post.
Origin of pillar box
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • There was that young feller there too—him we've just had here—standing quiet by a pillar-box, reading a letter.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • “I was just going down to the pillar-box to post a letter,” and she exhibited her envelope.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • One evening, having posted his own letter, he leaned against the pillar-box and listened.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • The others had all posted their letters in the pillar-box just outside our gate.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • Just as she was about to drop the little packet into the pillar-box, she glanced at her watch.

    The Time of Roses L. T. Meade
  • It was by sheer luck I slipped it into the pillar-box at Whitecliffe.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • When it was dropped into the pillar-box, the world became a very still, pale place, without confines.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • All you will have to do is to drop the letter into the pillar-box which is only half a mile from your gate.

    The Search Party G. A. Birmingham
  • At the post-office, even the letter-box was shut, as it was Sunday; I was obliged to put my letter in a pillar-box in the street.

  • She could determine whether it should go into the pillar-box or the fire while she was out.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for pillar-box

pillar box

(in Britain) a red pillar-shaped public letter box situated on a pavement
characteristic of a pillar box (in the phrase pillar-box red)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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