[ mach-boks ]

  1. a small box, usually of cardboard, for matches.

Origin of matchbox

First recorded in 1780–90; match1 + box1

Words Nearby matchbox Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use matchbox in a sentence

  • Chesterton pounced upon the half-buried matchbox, and in a panic lest he might again lose it, thrust it inside his tunic.

    A Charmed Life | Richard Harding Davis
  • Feeling that I was in a sanctuary, I was a little surprised that such a matchbox should have been tolerated.

  • To my exceeding joy he stamped his little foot, and was so naughty that, in gratitude, I gave him five minutes with a matchbox.

    The Little White Bird | J. M. Barrie

British Dictionary definitions for matchbox


/ (ˈmætʃˌbɒks) /

  1. a small box for holding matches

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