match·​box ˈmach-ˌbäks How to pronounce matchbox (audio)
: a box for matches

Examples of matchbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here are the instructions: Line a small empty matchbox with foil or parchment paper (so that the food can be eaten, if desired). Kimberly Stoney, Parents, 21 Mar. 2024 The five chunks of brown coal, each no bigger than a matchbox, add further evidence of the port’s antiquity. J. Besl, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 The logo then gets woven into the fabric of a home through the design on doormats, staff uniforms, towels, robes, candles, and even matchboxes and stationery. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 26 Dec. 2023 Take the matchboxes at Flute, each of which is emblazoned with an image of Noel Sr doing magic tricks for his guests a full four decades ago. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 Inside the box, there is lip balm, a bath bomb, body spray, body butter, a healing stone, a matchbox, and a personalized message card. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 Second place: a matchstick igniting by the friction surface of a matchbox. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2023 Items in the Small Zen Box include a matchbox with a Happy Hanukkah design, lip balm, bath bomb, amethyst crystal necklace and more. Bellamy Richardson,, 29 Sep. 2023 Severe drought during the winter is leading to matchbox conditions in the dry season, allowing intense wildfires to ignite with the slightest spark. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 28 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matchbox was in 1853

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“Matchbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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match·​box -ˌbäks How to pronounce matchbox (audio)
: a box for matches
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