Chinese boxes

plural noun

Definition of Chinese boxes

1 : a set of boxes graduated in size so that each fits into the next larger one
2 : something that resembles a set of Chinese boxes especially in complexity

First Known Use of Chinese boxes

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Chinese boxes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chinese%20boxes. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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