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[mach-boks] /ˈmætʃˌbɒks/
a small box, usually of cardboard, for matches.
Origin of matchbox
1780-90; match1 + box1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for matchbox
  • The body is given an enema, and what's left is buried in a matchbox.
  • Today's generators are not much bigger than a matchbox.
  • She's talking about a matchbox-sized widget that museums use to monitor humidity and temperature in their galleries.
  • Visitors watched matchbox-sized cars zip down wide highways.
  • The curriculum has evolved from making matchbox holders in woodworking to designing circuit boards and electronics.
  • Each matchbox started with a set of colored beads indicated a possible move.
  • Had that second explosion gone off, there wouldn't be enough of me to put in a matchbox.
  • She explained that the drugs in the matchbox belonged to her cousin who had borrowed money and her jacket earlier that evening.
  • The officer discovered some cash and a matchbox, which contained two rocks of crack cocaine.
  • The officer reached into the pocket and retrieved thirty-five one dollar bills, a one-hundred dollar bill, and a matchbox.
British Dictionary definitions for matchbox


a small box for holding matches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for matchbox

also match-box, 1786, from match (n.1) + box (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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