matchbox

noun
match·​box | \ ˈmach-ˌbäks How to pronounce matchbox (audio) \

Definition of matchbox

: a box for matches

Examples of matchbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The video, which circulated on social media in the aftermath of the killing, appears to show her attackers holding a matchbox and celebrating after setting her alight. Stephanie Busari, CNN, 13 May 2022 Guards would give a small biscuit to any prisoner who could fill up a matchbox with dead flies. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 Bob crouched with a matchbox while Kate held the boys back. Graham Swift, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 The balance is off, leaning toward the skinny matchbox skyscrapers reaching up from midtown, each vying for the record of tallest. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2021 As helicopters landed one after another, military personnel handed out matchbox-size cardboard boxes with ear plugs and corralled people onto the choppers. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 Farnsworth Fine Cannabis has also launched a 4-piece accessory set, which retails for $495, and includes a matchbox and cigarette holder, a rolling paper tray and an ashtray available in silver or gold plate. Javier Hasse, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Pineapple linzer cookies from New York’s Té Company Té Company specializes in oolong tea sourced directly from Taiwanese farmers by co-owner Elena Liao at her matchbox West Village tea room. NBC News, 18 May 2020 Only matchbox twenty also boasts four Adult Pop Songs No. 1s that have led for at least 10 weeks each (with frontman Rob Thomas also having tallied two as a soloist). Gary Trust, Billboard, 3 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of matchbox

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matchbox was in 1853

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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Matchbox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matchbox. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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