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[hat-boks] /ˈhætˌbɒks/
a case or box for a hat.
Origin of hatbox
First recorded in 1785-95; hat + box1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Moya produced from her hatbox a gray sombrero and put it on the table.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • My flat was searched and the necklace was found in my hatbox.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • At most not more than a good-sized bag or valise and perhaps a hatbox.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • A hatbox is a box for carrying a hat, a red-haired man is a man with red hair.

    Compound Words Frederick W. Hamilton
  • But whether you bought or not you took with you out of Sophy Decker's shop something more precious than any hatbox ever contained.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • The dwarf's strong arms carried her modest trunk up the stairs as easily as if it had been a hatbox.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • Up goes Tom, the guard catching his hatbox and holding on with one hand, while with the other he claps the horn to his mouth.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays Thomas Hughes
  • These rouleaux were then put neatly in cigar boxes and distributed between a travelling trunk, a Gladstone bag, and a hatbox.

  • She got up on the edge of her bed and, lifting the cover from the hatbox, she took a prolonged look at its contents.

    Yekl Abraham Cahan
  • The man civilly lifted the hatbox from the seat, and made room for his enforced companions.

    Peter Ruff and the Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for hatbox


a box or case for a hat or hats
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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