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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 snuffbox

Historical Examples of snuffbox

  • "For Richard," he acknowledged, closing his snuffbox with a snap.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • That great personage tapped his Louis-Quinze snuffbox with some impatience.

  • Then one passed his snuffbox round, each taking a pinch of snuff.

  • He bade us in, we were made welcome, and the snuffbox was passed around.

  • The old man rose from his chair, laying his snuffbox on the table by him.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for snuffbox


  1. a container, often of elaborate ornamental design, for holding small quantities of snuff
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