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[seyf-di-poz-it] /ˈseɪf dɪˌpɒz ɪt/
providing safekeeping for valuables:
a safe-deposit vault.
Origin of safe-deposit
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If he takes the map to a safe-deposit vault we ought to know where.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • Presently we had a deed in the safe-deposit box and some notes in the bank to prove it.

    The Abandoned Farmers Irvin S. Cobb
  • Then you must remember that clients of a safe-deposit are not multitudinous.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
  • I thought so when he brought that stuff out of the safe-deposit.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Almost all the companies were empowered to do a safe-deposit business.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips
  • And in his box at the safe-deposit vault he came upon a windfall.

    Somewhere in France Richard Harding Davis
  • Any ordinary person would have placed that diamond in a safe-deposit.

    In Search of the Unknown Robert W. Chambers
  • When we arrived at the bank Mr. Trenton turned us over to Raines, who conducted us to the safe-deposit vault.

  • The next day Carrados presented himself at the safe-deposit as an intending renter.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
British Dictionary definitions for safe-deposit


  1. a place or building with facilities for the safe storage of money or valuables
  2. (as modifier): a safe-deposit box
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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