Chinese boxes

plural noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chinese boxes was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Chinese boxes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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