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  1. a box, usually shallow and often round, for holding pills.
  2. a small, low structure of reinforced concrete, enclosing machine guns, and employed as a minor fortress in warfare.
  3. a small, round, brimless hat with straight sides and a flat top, worn especially by women.
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Origin of pillbox

First recorded in 1720–30; pill1 + box1
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Related Words

beret, bonnet, beanie, pillbox, skullcap, DINK, tam, fez

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  • At this interesting crisis Dr. Pillbox (evidently a most attentive practitioner) arrived to pay a second visit.

    Loyal to the School

    Angela Brazil

  • Satisfied that no pillbox stood behind any of them, he pulled open the two drawers and tumbled their contents about.

    The Red Seal

    Natalie Sumner Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for pillbox


  1. a box for pills
  2. a small enclosed fortified emplacement, usually made of reinforced concrete
  3. a small round hat, now worn esp by women
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Word Origin and History for pillbox


also pill-box, "box for holding pills," 1730, from pill (n.) + box (n.). As a small round concrete machine gun nest, it came into use in World War I. As a type of hat, attested from 1958.

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