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[mach-boo k] /ˈmætʃˌbʊk/
a small cardboard folder into which several rows of paper matches are stapled or glued.
Origin of matchbook
1810-15; match1 + book Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for matchbook
  • He was a media star, posing for cheesecake publicity shoots, popping up on girlie calendars and matchbook covers.
  • It's the first time the slot machine, which is adorned with motel key and lipstick-kissed matchbook symbols, has appeared at sea.
  • Here art begins as the kind of picture you'd find on a matchbook cover.
  • Users place a prepared sample in a matchbook-sized biochip cartridge that detects specific genes.
  • He then pulled a matchbook from his pocket and asked her to write her phone number on the back.
  • Slightly larger than a matchbook, the system can fit unobtrusively in small spaces.
  • The matchbook is smaller, only about an inch long, and you cannot use easily your whole arm's strength either.
Word Origin and History for matchbook

also match-book, in reference to a folder holding fire-starting devices, 1913, from match (n.1) + book (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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