Definition of mailbag in English:



  • A large sack or bag for carrying mail.

    • ‘A well-loved village postwoman has hung up her mailbag after four decades of deliveries.’
    • ‘He's picked up items ranging from a cloth mailbag to a fire extinguisher to an old newspaper, all in the interest of giving admirers a clearer picture of what life was like in the early 1940s.’
    • ‘One carries a mailbag and quietly delivers envelopes, placing them in plastic mailboxes.’
    • ‘The original mailbags weighed a lot in those days so space and volume was the main problem.’
    • ‘If a mail coach broke down, overturned, got stuck in a snow drift, or was held up by highwaymen, the guard was duty-bound to abandon it, take one of the coach horses, and ride to the next town with the mailbags slung over his shoulder.’
    • ‘The line, which is separate from the main tube network, is used to move 3.4 million mailbags a week.’
    • ‘Some twenty-seven mail coaches, their paintwork buffed, their teams snorting and stamping the pavement, lined up to receive mailbags and passengers.’
    • ‘He carries an empty canvas mailbag over his shoulder.’
    • ‘There were mailbags leaning against walls in the living room; plenty of tags, labels, envelopes, glue, string and twine to get involved with; and a general social bustle unusual for a rural household.’
    • ‘He adjusted the mailbag on his shoulder as the post box came into view.’
    • ‘The previous Saturday a postman reported his mailbag had been stolen at 8.45 am in Forty Acres Road.’
    • ‘Work in British prisons has too often involved sewing mailbags.’
    • ‘If people find mail or mailbags they should contact us.’
    • ‘His greatest thrill came on 6 August 1919 when he became the first to fly across the Gulf to Yorke Peninsula, carrying with him a full mailbag to be delivered at Minlaton where more than 6000 people were waiting for his arrival.’
    • ‘It is thought the intention was to steal mailbags.’
    • ‘Professor Behan was representing Christine Perry, a former post office worker who alleged that she developed multiple sclerosis as a result of falling over a mailbag at work.’
    • ‘The mailbags may not be as full on the COD flights as they were, but are still just as important.’
    • ‘He puts the letter in a mailbag by the entrance and goes outside for drills.’
    • ‘The honour of wearing number 2, and therefore being first out of the gate, fell to John Douglas of Saskatchewan who also got to carry the commemorative mailbag celebrating Percy's 40 years in harness.’
    • ‘Julius smiled, thanked his friend again, and quietly slipped inside the large mailbag, wedging himself between two packages.’