from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An interactive computerized system for answering and routing telephone calls, for recording, saving, and relaying messages, and sometimes for paging the user.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a computerized interactive system for storing, processing and reproducing verbal messages left through a conventional telephone network
  • n. an individual message on such a system

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a computerized system for answering and routing telephone calls; telephone messages can be recorded and stored and relayed


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  • You have reached Penelope Randall's voice mail I'm away from my desk right now.

    the mission song

  • I called Pauline from a pay phone, but I got voice mail and couldn't bear to leave a message.

    The Beach House

  • They both had, really, since the guy named Clint, one of the night crew from the Marina Safeway, had left a message on Rivera's voice mail that Jody Stroud, the redheaded vampire, had not left town as she had promised, and that her boyfriend, Tommy Flood, was now also a vampire.

    You Suck

  • “Message sent today at four-fifteenP.M.,” my voice mail informed me.

    Balancing in High Heels

  • I expected to get his voice mail cops arenever at their desks, but got that honey-covered voice pouring over me instead.

    Balancing in High Heels

  • Some cell phones I had seen signaled a voice mail message with a little pictogram of an envelope.


  • Then he sipped his coffee and speed-dialed his boss, Curtis Mauney, one-handed, and left a voice mail describing what he had seen.

    Bad Luck and Trouble

  • When I called Sheriff Lowell, his voice mail picked up.

    Tell No One

  • Mr Big would have to be caught personally hacking the Pope's voice mail "It's God here, Benny, please ring me back" before being in trouble.

    Michael White


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