[ ahys-boks ]
/ ˈaɪsˌbɒks /


an insulated cabinet or chest with a partition for ice, used for preserving or cooling food, beverages, etc.
Older Use. an electric or gas refrigerator.
Nautical. an enclosed area in the bottom of a vessel through which sea water can be pumped up for use in the condenser in icy waters.
Slang. an isolation cell in a prison.

Nearby words

  1. iceblink,
  2. iceboat,
  3. iceboater,
  4. iceboating,
  5. icebound,
  6. icebox cake,
  7. icebreaker,
  8. icecap,
  9. iced,
  10. icefall

Origin of icebox

First recorded in 1830–40; ice + box1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for icebox


/ (ˈaɪsˌbɒks) /


a compartment in a refrigerator for storing or making ice
an insulated cabinet packed with ice for storing food
US and Canadian a refrigerator
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Word Origin and History for icebox



also ice-box, 1839, from ice (n.) + box (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper