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

First recorded in 1680–90; snuff1 + box1
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Examples from the Web for snuff-box

Historical Examples

  • At last, driven into a corner, he took his snuff-box from his pocket.

    The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete

    Duc de Saint-Simon

  • After the usual inquiry of whence and whither, his monkship offers the snuff-box.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • He shrugged and produced his snuff-box with an offensive simulation of nonchalance.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "'Tis wasted labor," said Mr. Caryll, producing his snuff-box, and tapping it.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "I left my snuff-box on the table," Payton said, with a sly grin.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

British Dictionary definitions for snuff-box


  1. 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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