safety-deposit box


Origin of safety-deposit box

First recorded in 1925–30

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.

Origin of safe-deposit box

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

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