email

Meanings

Noun

  • A system for transferring messages from one computer to another, usually through a network.
  • A quantity of messages sent through an email system.
  • A message sent through an email system.
  • An email address.
  • enamel.

Verb

  • To send an email or emails to.
  • To send (something) through email.
  • To send, or compose and send, an email or emails.

Origin

  • The noun is an abbreviation of electronic mail. The verb is derived from the noun, by analogy with mail.
  • Borrowed from Middle French email, from Old French esmal (modern French √©mail), from Medieval Latin smaltum, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meld-. smalt, smalto, and schmaltz.

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