a case or box for a hat.

Origin of hatbox

First recorded in 1785–95; hat + box1
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Examples from the Web for hatbox

Historical Examples of hatbox

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hatbox



a box or case for a hat or hats
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