match·​book | \ ˈmach-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce matchbook (audio) \

Definition of matchbook

: a small folder containing rows of paper matches

Examples of matchbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One matchbook had a picture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. La Risa R. Lynch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Sep. 2021 The San Diego Library Shop has unmasked the winner of its quirky annual writing contest, in which entries have to fit on the inside of a matchbook cover. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2020 Entries in earlier years had to fit on the inside of a matchbook cover, limiting them to about 40 to 50 words. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2020 Kitchen had heard about Bricks as a kid, growing up in the suburbs — his mom had a matchbook from the place from the mid-‘90s. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 2020 Safety matches do have an appeal—not so much the paper-matchbook kind that will wilt in your pocket on a damp day, but the waterproof-windproof varieties sold in sporting-goods stores that burn with a tall, long-lasting flame. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, 3 June 2020 Both my dipper and trimmer are from Sunday Forever, and the brand also has beautiful lighters and matchbooks to level up your entire candle-accessory game. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 16 Mar. 2020 My historical research depends upon a very broad range of source material, from social media to maps to archives to government reports to books to even, one time, a matchbook. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Feb. 2020 Titled The Young Men’s Magazine, the matchbook-sized miniature was drafted with a specific audience in mind: namely, an army of toy soldiers owned by the author’s younger brother, Branson. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of matchbook

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Matchbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of matchbook

: a small folder that contains rows of matches


match·​book | \ ˈmach-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce matchbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of matchbook

: a small folder containing rows of paper matches


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