MAIL . (I) (Through Fr. maille, from
See also:Lat. macula, a spot or hole, the mesh of a
See also:net), properly a
See also:ring or
See also:link which, joined closely with other links, formed the fabric of
See also:body and other
See also:armour in the
See also:middle ages, till it was superseded by
See also:plate-armour . The word " mail," properly applied to this
See also:form of chain-armour, is also used of armour generally, whether plate or chain, and is also transferred to the horny defensive coverings of animals, such as the
See also:tortoise, crab, &c . (see ARMS AND ARMOUR) . (2) (0 . Eng. mal, speech; probably the same as O . Saxon mahal,
See also:assembly; in meaning connected with O.Norse male, stipulation), a Scots
See also:term meaning
See also:rent, tax . " Mails and duties " are the rents, whether in kind or
See also:money, of an
See also:estate . In
See also:English the word only survives in "
See also:blackmail " (q.v.) .. (3) (Through 0 . Fr. male, mod. malle, a Teutonic word surviving in Dutch maal), properly a bag, especially one used in travelling; this word, which appears in
See also:Chaucer, is now applied chiefly to the despatch and delivery of postal
See also:matter . In this sense " mail" is properly the bag in which such matter is conveyed, and hence is applied to the contents of the mail, postal matter collectively, and to the
See also:train, carts, or other means used in the despatch and delivery of the same .
Ingeneral usage " mail " is confined to the "
See also:foreign " as opposed to the " inland " despatch of letters, &c., and to which the word "
See also:post " is chiefly applied; in official language, the word refers to the inland despatch . The word appears also in " mail-
See also:coach," a coach used for conveying the mails, and in " mail-cart," a cart similarly employed . This word is also applied to a
See also:light low vehicle propelled or
See also:drawn by
See also:hand, suitable for
See also:children . The " mail phaeton " is a type of phaeton with high seat for two persons and drawn by a pair of horses .
COMTESSE DE LOUISE JULIE MAILLY (1710-1751)
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