matchbox

[ mach-boks ]
/ ˈmætʃˌbɒks /
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noun

a small box, usually of cardboard, for matches.

Origin of matchbox

First recorded in 1780–90; match1 + box1
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British Dictionary definitions for matchbox

matchbox

/ (ˈmætʃˌbɒks) /

noun

a small box for holding matches
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Word Origin and History for matchbox

matchbox


n.

also match-box, 1786, from match (n.1) + box (n.).

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