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Email vs. Mail: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 11, 2023
Email refers to electronic correspondence sent over the internet, while mail typically denotes physical items, like letters or packages, sent via postal services.

Key Differences

Email and mail serve as means of communication and delivery. Email, short for "electronic mail," denotes messages transmitted over the internet. These messages can be exchanged instantaneously between devices, making email a rapid form of communication. Mail, in contrast, commonly refers to physical objects—letters, postcards, packages—that are delivered through postal or courier services.
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In terms of format, an email consists of digital content. It may contain text, images, attachments, and links. Recipients access email via computers, smartphones, or tablets. Mail, on the other hand, is tangible. It's something you can touch, and it often comes in envelopes or parcels. People eagerly await the mail carrier to deliver mail to their homes or offices.
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In addition to differences in medium and speed, email and mail also diverge in environmental impact. Email, being electronic, doesn't consume paper, whereas traditional mail utilizes paper, envelopes, and other materials. Consequently, a shift toward email might be seen as a more eco-friendly communication option. However, the digital infrastructure behind email also consumes energy.
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While both email and mail serve to connect people, the experience they offer is distinct. Receiving an email can provide immediacy and convenience. At the same time, there's a tactile and personal touch associated with physical mail, especially handwritten letters, that email can't replicate.
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Comparison Chart

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Electronic/Digital
Physical/Tangible
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Delivery Mechanism

Internet
Postal or courier services
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Speed

Instantaneous to minutes
Hours to days
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Typical Contents

Text, images, links, attachments
Letters, postcards, packages
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Environmental Impact

Digital infrastructure energy
Paper, transportation, packaging
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Email and Mail Definitions

Email

Digital correspondence exchanged between people using electronic devices.
Could you forward me the email about the meeting?
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Mail

A system of sending letters and packages via postal services.
Is the mail system operating normally during the holidays?
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Email

A message or document transmitted electronically.
Please check if my email landed in your spam folder.
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Oct 11, 2023

Mail

Any batch of physical items delivered or sent as post.
She sorted the mail into piles of bills and personal letters.
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Oct 11, 2023

Email

A method of exchanging digital data, documents, or messages.
Use email to send me the report by tonight.
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Mail

Items sent or to be delivered, especially letters and parcels.
The outgoing mail is kept by the front door.
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Email

A system for sending and receiving messages electronically over a computer network.
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Mail

Materials, such as letters and packages, handled in a postal system
The volume of mail increases around the holidays.
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Email

A message or messages sent or received by such a system.
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Mail

Postal material for a specific person or organization
Could you pick up my mail at the office?.
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Email

To send (someone) an email
I'll email you when I know my schedule.
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Mail

Material processed for distribution from a post office at a specified time
Delivered the morning mail around town.
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Email

To send (a message) by email.
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Mail

A postal system. Used with the, sometimes in the plural
Used the mail to send the supplies.
Advertisements sent through the mails.
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Email

(uncountable) A system for transferring messages from one computer to another, usually through a network.
Snail mail
He sent me his details via email.
The advent of email has simultaneously brought our society closer together and farther apart.
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Mail

Chiefly British A vehicle by which mail is transported.
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Email

(uncountable) A quantity of messages sent through an email system.
I am searching through my old email.
My inbox used to allow only 50 MB of email at a time until last year, when they upgraded it to 2 GBs!
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Mail

Mail or messages sent electronically; email.
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Email

(countable) A message sent through an email system.
He sent me an email last week to remind me about the meeting.
I archive my old emails using a cloud-based service.
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Mail

Flexible armor composed of small overlapping metal rings, loops of chain, or scales.
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Email

An email address.
What’s your email?
Don’t send personal messages to my work email.
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Mail

The protective covering of certain animals, as the shell of a turtle.
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Email

(transitive) To send an email or emails to.
She emailed me last week, asking about the status of the project.
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Mail

Rent, payment, or tribute.
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Email

To send (something) through email.
I’ll email you the link.
He emailed the file out to everyone.
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Mail

To send by a postal system
Mailed the letter yesterday.
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Email

(intransitive) To send, or compose and send, an email or emails.
Most teenagers seem to spend almost the whole day emailing and surfing the Web.
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Mail

To send letters and other material by a postal system.
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Email

(computer science) a system of world-wide electronic communication in which a computer user can compose a message at one terminal that is generated at the recipient's terminal when he logs in
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Mail

To cover or armor with mail.
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Email

Communicate electronically on the computer;
She e-mailed me the good news
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Mail

A bag or wallet.
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Email

An account or address used for electronic communication.
I'll give you my email so we can stay in touch.
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Mail

A bag containing letters to be delivered by post.
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Mail

The material conveyed by the postal service.
Don't forget to pick up the mail on your way.
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Mail

(dated) A stagecoach, train or ship that delivers such post.
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Mail

The postal service or system in general.
He decided to send his declaration by mail.
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Mail

The letters, parcels, etc. delivered to a particular address or person.
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Mail

(uncountable) Electronic mail, e-mail: a computer network–based service for sending, storing, and forwarding electronic messages.
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Mail

A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.
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Mail

(uncountable) Armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.
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Mail

(nautical) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
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Mail

Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
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Mail

A spot on a bird's feather; by extension, a spotted feather.
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Mail

(historical) An old French coin worth half a denier.
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Mail

A monetary payment or tribute.
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Mail

Rent.
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Mail

Tax.
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Mail

(ditransitive) To send (a letter, parcel, etc.) through the mail.
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Mail

(ditransitive) To send by electronic mail.
Please mail me the spreadsheet by the end of the day.
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Mail

(transitive) To contact (a person) by electronic mail.
I need to mail my tutor about the deadline.
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Mail

(transitive) To arm with mail.
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Mail

(transitive) To pinion.
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Mail

A spot.
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Mail

A small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V.
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Mail

Rent; tribute.
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Mail

A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor.
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Mail

Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.
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Mail

A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
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Mail

Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.
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Mail

A bag; a wallet.
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Mail

The bag or bags with the letters, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the conveyance and delivery of mail matter.
There is a mail come in to-day, with letters dated Hague.
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Mail

That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office.
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Mail

A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried.
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Mail

To arm with mail.
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Mail

To pinion.
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Mail

To deliver into the custody of the postoffice officials, or place in a government letter box, for transmission by mail; to post; as, to mail a letter.
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Mail

The bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service
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Mail

The system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office;
The mail handles billions of items every day
He works for the United States mail service
In England they call mail `the post'
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Mail

A conveyance that transports mail
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Mail

Any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered;
Your mail is on the table
Is there any post for me?
She was opening her post
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Mail

(Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
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Mail

Send via the postal service;
I'll mail you the check tomorrow
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Mail

Cause to be directed or transmitted to another place;
Send me your latest results
I'll mail you the paper when it's written
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Mail

Letters and packages delivered by the postal service.
The mail hasn't arrived yet today.
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Mail

Correspondence or communication sent through postal services.
I received a piece of mail from an old friend.
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FAQs

Can I track my mail like I track emails?

Some postal services offer mail tracking, but it's different from email tracking.
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How does mail differ from email?

Mail is physical, while email is digital.
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Is email faster than regular mail?

Typically, yes, as it's sent instantly over the internet.
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What does email stand for?

Electronic mail.
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How do I secure my emails?

Use strong passwords, encryption, and reputable email services.
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What’s the cost of sending an email vs. mail?

Emails are typically free; mail costs vary by item and distance.
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Can emails have attachments?

Yes, files or documents can be attached to emails.
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Which is more eco-friendly: email or mail?

Email doesn't use paper, but both have environmental impacts.
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Is email always reliable?

Mostly, but emails can sometimes land in spam or be delayed.
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Do businesses still use mail?

Yes, many businesses use mail for official documents and marketing.
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Why do some prefer mail over email?

For its tactile nature, sentimentality, or perceived reliability.
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Can I retrieve a sent email?

In some cases, yes, but it depends on the email platform and timing.
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Is there a risk of emails getting "lost"?

Rarely, but they can end up in spam or not get delivered due to errors.
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Are there size limits to emails?

Yes, most providers limit email and attachment sizes.
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How do I organize my mail?

Using filing systems, labels, or dedicated storage areas.
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How long does email storage last?

It depends on the service, but many emails can be stored indefinitely.
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How do postal services handle international mail?

Through partnerships with foreign postal entities and customs checks.
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Can both email and mail be used officially?

Yes, both can serve official purposes, depending on the context.
Janet White
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What's the origin of the word "mail"?

It comes from Middle English, related to the word "mal," meaning "bag."
Harlon Moss
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Is handwritten mail still popular?

Yes, many people value the personal touch of handwritten mail.
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