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bandbox

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noun band·box \ˈban(d)-ˌbäks\

Definition of bandbox

  1. 1 :  a usually cylindrical box of cardboard or thin wood for holding light articles of attire

  2. 2 :  a structure (such as a baseball park) having relatively small interior dimensions

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Did You Know?

In the 17th century, the word band was sometimes used for ruffs, the large round collars of pleated muslin or linen worn by men and women of the time period, and the bandbox was invented for holding such bands. The flimsy cardboard structure of the box inspired people to start using its name for any flimsy object, especially a small and insubstantial one. But people also contemplated the neat, sharp appearance of ruffs just taken from a bandbox and began using the word in a complimentary way in phrases such as "she looked as if she came out of a bandbox." Today, "bandbox" can also be used as an adjective meaning "exquisitely neat, clean, or ordered," as in "bandbox military officers."

1631

First Known Use of bandbox

1631


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bandbox

adjective band·box

Definition of bandbox

  1. :  exquisitely neat, clean, or ordered as if just taken from a bandbox a bandbox perfection of appearance

bandbox

adverb

Examples of bandbox in a Sentence

  1. a small bandbox bed-and-breakfast decorated with taste and charm

1708

First Known Use of bandbox

1708



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