a box, usually shallow and often round, for holding pills.
a small, low structure of reinforced concrete, enclosing machine guns, and employed as a minor fortress in warfare.
a small, round, brimless hat with straight sides and a flat top, worn especially by women.
Origin of pillbox
First recorded in 1720–30; pill1
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Examples from the Web for pillbox
Contemporary Examples of pillbox
The policeman, now yelling and shaking his fist, started to exit his pillbox and walk toward me.
Life magazine ran a photo of Lamarr with a swarm of reporters, looking beleaguered and delicate in white gloves and a pillbox hat.
Princess Eugenie's sculptural piece by Philip Treacy, Victoria Beckham's pillbox, and more over-the-top headgear from the wedding!
While wearing one of her own dresses, Victoria Beckham wore a pillbox Philip Treacy hat.
Terry is still haunted by the memory of flushing out a German pillbox.
Historical Examples of pillbox
At this interesting crisis Dr. Pillbox (evidently a most attentive practitioner) arrived to pay a second visit.
Satisfied that no pillbox stood behind any of them, he pulled open the two drawers and tumbled their contents about.
British Dictionary definitions for pillbox
a box for pills
a small enclosed fortified emplacement, usually made of reinforced concrete
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper