safe-deposit box

or safety-deposit box


a lockable metal box or drawer, especially in a bank vault, used for safely storing valuable papers, jewelry, etc.

Nearby words

  1. safe surfing,
  2. safe-blower,
  3. safe-breaker,
  4. safe-conduct,
  5. safe-deposit,
  6. safe-keeping,
  7. safecracker,
  8. safeguard,
  9. safekeeping,
  10. safelight

Origin of safe-deposit box

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019