- a box, often ornamental and sometimes closed with a lid, for containing table knives.
Origin of knife box
First recorded in 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for knife box
He put them into a knife-box, he says, and this morning they are gone.
I have not been near your knife-box; I have not put my foot inside the door.
I placed 'em safe in the knife-box last night, and they're gone this morning.
Eventually, after buying the knife-box, Karen got rid of the man with the antiques.Murder in the Gunroom
Henry Beam Piper
Large and small tray napkins, and knife-box cloths, are made in the same manner.The Ladies' Work-Table Book