E e


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ee meyl]
    • /i meɪl/
    • /ˈiː.meɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ee meyl]
    • /i meɪl/

Definitions of e-mail word

  • abbreviation Technical meaning of E-MAIL electronic mail 3
  • noun e-mail a system for sending messages from one individual to another via telecommunications links between computers or terminals using dedicated software: Communication by email is almost instantaneous. 1
  • noun e-mail a message sent by email: Send me an email about that idea, and I'll get back to you. 1
  • verb with object e-mail to send a message to by email: When you email me, don't forget to attach the documents. 1
  • noun Technical meaning of e-mail (messaging)   (e-mail) Messages automatically passed from one computer user to another, often through computer networks and/or via modems over telephone lines. A message, especially one following the common RFC 822 standard, begins with several lines of headers, followed by a blank line, and the body of the message. Most e-mail systems now support the MIME standard which allows the message body to contain "attachments" of different kinds rather than just one block of plain ASCII text. It is conventional for the body to end with a signature. Headers give the name and electronic mail address of the sender and recipient(s), the time and date when it was sent and a subject. There are many other headers which may get added by different message handling systems during delivery. The message is "composed" by the sender, usually using a special program - a "Mail User Agent" (MUA). It is then passed to some kind of "Message Transfer Agent" (MTA) - a program which is responsible for either delivering the message locally or passing it to another MTA, often on another host. MTAs on different hosts on a network often communicate using SMTP. The message is eventually delivered to the recipient's mailbox - normally a file on his computer - from where he can read it using a mail reading program (which may or may not be the same MUA as used by the sender). Contrast snail-mail, paper-net, voice-net. The form "email" is also common, but is less suggestive of the correct pronunciation and derivation than "e-mail". The word is used as a noun for the concept ("Isn't e-mail great?", "Are you on e-mail?"), a collection of (unread) messages ("I spent all night reading my e-mail"), and as a verb meaning "to send (something in) an e-mail message" ("I'll e-mail you (my report)"). The use of "an e-mail" as a count noun for an e-mail message, and plural "e-mails", is now (2000) also well established despite the fact that "mail" is definitely a mass noun. Oddly enough, the word "emailed" is actually listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. It means "embossed (with a raised pattern) or arranged in a net work". A use from 1480 is given. The word is derived from French "emmailleure", network. Also, "email" is German for enamel. 1
  • variable noun e-mail E-mail is a system of sending written messages electronically from one computer to another. E-mail is an abbreviation of 'electronic mail'. 0

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Origin of e-mail

First appearance:

before 1980
One of the 1% newest English words
First recorded in 1980-85; e(lectronic) + mail1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for E-mail


e-mail popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

e-mail usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for e-mail

noun e-mail

  • voice mail — an electronic system enabling the recording and storage of (usually digitized) voice messages, which can subsequently be retrieved by the intended recipient.

Top questions with e-mail

  • what e-mail?
  • what is e-mail?
  • how to set up e-mail?
  • how to send an e-mail?
  • what is my e-mail address?
  • how to send e-mail?
  • where is my e-mail?
  • how to e-mail?
  • who developed the symbol for e-mail use?
  • what is my e-mail?

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