band·​box | \ ˈban(d)-ˌbäks How to pronounce bandbox (audio) \

Definition of bandbox

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually cylindrical box of cardboard or thin wood for holding light articles of attire
2 : a structure (such as a baseball park) having relatively small interior dimensions



Definition of bandbox (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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bandbox adverb

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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."

Examples of bandbox in a Sentence

Adjective a small bandbox bed-and-breakfast decorated with taste and charm
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new park is far from the bandbox Rosenblatt was. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: The baseball stadiums one writer regrets he never got to see a game at," 19 June 2020 The Lake Placid arena was an 8,000-seat bandbox shaped like a cockfighting amphitheater. Gerald Eskenazi, New York Times, "A Reporter Remembers the Miracle on Ice 40 Years Later," 21 Feb. 2020 The bad news for any team hankering to take swings in that bandbox is, well, [gestures at the section about Verlander and Cole and Greinke]. Jon Tayler,, "Good Luck Stopping the Astros in October," 26 Sep. 2019 When Radford played at Charleston Southern during Green’s junior year, the bandbox of a gym was packed with students, including a group of football players in the front row who were talented hecklers., "Overlooked no more, ‘superhuman’ Javonte Green is charging toward Celtics roster - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 Do your own conversion for the Yankee Stadium bandbox. James O’connell,, "Madison Bumgarner is not the Yankees’ savior," 27 June 2019 Instead, the committee shoehorned senators, witnesses, the press and 20 members of the public into a bandbox room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dramatic testimony from Kavanaugh, Ford included outrage, emotion, history," 27 Sep. 2018 The stunning new reality: Petco Park of recent years is nearly a home-run bandbox by the standards of Petco National Park circa 2004-12. Tom Krasovic,, "Padres' home now means home runs are less rare, and that's a tradeoff," 8 June 2018 But the bandbox in the northeastern Mission was only a temporary home to the Giants. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the depths of the Depression, SF had the best ballpark in the country," 12 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bandbox.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of bandbox


1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1708, in the meaning defined above

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“Bandbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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