pouncet box

[ poun-sit ]
/ ˈpaʊn sɪt /


a small perfume box with a perforated lid.

Origin of pouncet box

1590–1600; pounce2 or pounce3 + -et
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Examples from the Web for pouncet box

  • He came with some plea of bringing a pouncet-box from her, but I wager it was as a spy.

    The Chaplet of Pearls|Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for pouncet box

pouncet box
/ (ˈpaʊnsɪt) /


a box with a perforated top used for containing perfume

Word Origin for pouncet box

C16 pouncet, perhaps alteration of pounced punched, perforated; see pounce 1
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