pouncet box

[ poun-sit ]

  1. a small perfume box with a perforated lid.

Origin of pouncet box

1590–1600; pounce2 or pounce3 + -et

Words Nearby pouncet box

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How to use pouncet box in a sentence

  • Mine own beauteous pouncet box, with the forget-me-nots in turquoises round each little hole.

    Grisly Grisell | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • As to the coming of the agate and the pouncet box, the minds of the boys were very hazy.

    The Armourer's Prentices | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Sir Robert, a silver pouncet-box (a kind of vinaigrette) filled with scent.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest | Emily Sarah Holt
  • The archbishop shrugged his shoulders, and applied to his nostrils a small pouncet-box of dainty essences.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The old eyes brightened o'er the pouncet-box, Remembering loves, and brawls, and mains of cocks.

    King Cole | John Masefield

British Dictionary definitions for pouncet box

pouncet box

/ (ˈpaʊnsɪt) /

  1. a box with a perforated top used for containing perfume

Origin of pouncet box

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

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