music box


a box or case containing an apparatus for producing music mechanically, as by means of a comblike steel plate with tuned teeth sounded by small pegs or pins in the surface of a revolving cylinder or disk.

Also especially British, musical box.

Origin of music box

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for music box

jukebox, orchestrina, orchestrion

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Contemporary Examples of music box

  • “I made a story in my mind where the captain of the toy solders is in love with the music-box ballerina,” she says.

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Historical Examples of music box

British Dictionary definitions for music box

music box

musical box


a mechanical instrument that plays tunes by means of pins on a revolving cylinder striking the tuned teeth of a comblike metal plate, contained in a box
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