mél

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Abbreviation of messagerie électronique (electronic messaging), following the form of tél (telephone, abbr.), and influenced by the pronunciation of English mail.

Noun[edit]

mél m (plural méls)

  1. An email message.
    • 2008, Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow, The Story of French, Macmillan (ISBN 9781429932400)
      It preferred the homegrown mél (a contraction of message électronique), even though the French terminology commissions had proposed mél only as a written short form for business cards, like Tél for phone number. The Academy finally ...

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