hat·​box | \ ˈhat-ˌbäks How to pronounce hatbox (audio) \

Definition of hatbox

1 : a box for holding or storing a hat
2 : a usually round piece of luggage designed especially for carrying hats

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The fact that Claudia’s hair is identical to her mother’s is moving, as is the relative size of the hatbox that Claudia is clutching, as is the fact that Miles is holding a toy dog. Jeff Giles, New York Times, "Goodbye Muddah, Goodbye Fadduh," 12 June 2019 As in the past, customers’ heads are measured with a Victorian-looking contraption called a conformateur; purchases come in a hand-cut, paper-and-card hatbox, a souvenir in and of itself. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 Here are just a few interesting things to look for: An elaborate turquoise birdcage, a throwback to the humor of the proverbial old lady who slowed down people boarding a train with a hatbox in one hand and her precious pet in the other. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Don't miss your flight looking at this cool vintage luggage at the Indianapolis Airport," 22 May 2018 It was decorated with many Asian furnishings the owners had collected, such as a Tibetan drum and mask and Chinese hatboxes. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale Kitchen Walk offers look at kitchen designs, creative decorating and tastings," 12 May 2018 Some of the hatboxes had been converted into floral containers and a grain box was used as a table. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale Kitchen Walk offers look at kitchen designs, creative decorating and tastings," 12 May 2018 Inside, festive table centerpieces created by Saddle & Cycle Club member Michaela Parrillo featured hatboxes filled with silk flowers in shades of pink, lilac and green. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Hats for grants at Service Club of Chicago luncheon," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of hatbox

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hatbox was in 1689

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English Language Learners Definition of hatbox

: a round container for storing or carrying hats

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