a box for holding snuff, especially one small enough to be carried in the pocket.

Origin of snuffbox

First recorded in 1680–90; snuff1 + box1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snuff-box



a container, often of elaborate ornamental design, for holding small quantities of snuff
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Word Origin and History for snuff-box

1680s, from snuff (n.) + box (n.1).

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