shadow box


a shallow, rectangular frame fronted with a glass panel, used to show and at the same time protect items on display, as paintings, coins, or jewelry.

Origin of shadow box

First recorded in 1905–10
Also called shadow box frame. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for shadow-box


verb (intr)

boxing to practise blows and footwork against an imaginary opponent
to act or speak unconvincingly, without saying what one means, etche's just shadow-boxing
Derived Formsshadow-boxing, noun
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Word Origin and History for shadow-box

protective display case, 1892, from shadow (n.) + box (n.1).

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