match·​book | \ ˈmach-ˌbu̇k \

Definition of matchbook

: a small folder containing rows of paper matches

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Mary stowed away the cake topper, Alan’s stephanotis boutonniere, small mesh bags of rice and mints, a napkin, a flower applique from the curtains and a matchbook and soap from their honeymoon hotel, Chicago’s Drake. Hillary Davis,, "After 50 years, Newport couple’s love is frozen in time — and so is their wedding cake," 27 June 2018 Just in case Serena changes her mind, Mark leaves a matchbook emblazoned with an image of tiki, a reminder of where her very American life could lie., "The Handmaid's Tale," 14 June 2018 Back home, Serena takes out the politician’s matchbook and throws it into the fire. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 9: Luke and Nick Just Met and I Cannot Deal," 13 June 2018 Spots show up elsewhere, too: on sure-to-be-collectible coasters, matchbooks, swizzle sticks, and even the felts of the gaming tables nearby and on casino chips. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Las Vegas Just Got a Bar Designed by Damien Hirst," 17 May 2018 That's roughly 35,400 plush toys, matchbooks, costumes, etc., "Today: A Hard Line From the White House," 23 Mar. 2018 Hockney's portrait of Mr. Chow and Ruscha's logo decorate the restaurant's matchbooks, and meals are served on Twombly-designed Wedgwood plates. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "After 50 Years Running a Restaurant Empire, Michael Chow Reflects on Noodles, Birthdays, and the Magic of Details," 23 Feb. 2018 The lipstick tube and matchbook, jumbled with a pair of sunglasses and a ring, seem discarded by an appearance-conscious giantess. Morgan Sykes, The Cut, "A Celebrated Pop Artist’s Gigantic Still Lifes," 18 Feb. 2018 The research published in the European Journal of Nutrition linked chowing down on about 40 grams of cheese daily (about the size of a matchbook) with the lowest chances of heart disease and stroke. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Eating Cheese Every Day Might Actually Be Good for You," 6 Dec. 2017

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of matchbook

: a small folder that contains rows of matches


match·​book | \ ˈmach-ˌbu̇k \

Kids Definition of matchbook

: a small folder containing rows of paper matches

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