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 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, "Order these delicious artisanal Asian snacks for summer," 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, "Making More 'Memories': Maroon 5 Scores Record-Tying No. 1 on Pop Songs Airplay Chart," 3 Feb. 2020 The hundreds of facilities for the elderly in Oregon and the thousands in the country are potential matchboxes for all sorts of infections. oregonlive, "Test kit shortage slows coronavirus checks at veterans’ home, Linn County says," 13 Mar. 2020 At 1:8 scale, this one is not going to fit inside a matchbox. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Lego Releasing 1:8 Lamborghini Set—Probably the Sián—This Summer," 28 Jan. 2020 The narrow alleys and matchbox houses in his neighborhood of Kandahar City, in southern Afghanistan, were dark. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "His Mother Worked to Find Him Love Despite War, Blindness and Loss," 20 Jan. 2020 The City of Blue Ash has facilitated multiple education efforts through social media outreach and offered a matchbox course, an open house, online resources, and a golf cart course. Segann March,, "Blue Ash Police Officers give out 'tickets' for roundabout education," 7 Jan. 2020 Work at the local matchbox factory has all but disappeared, and with it the once-vibrant local cafés. The Economist, "A septuagenarian mayor is tackling decline in his corner of rural France," 21 Nov. 2019 One caller was a grandmother who was surprised to find out that her young grandson used the turkey cavity to store his matchbox cars. Beth Thames |, al, "The Butterball Turkey Talk line is now open," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of matchbox

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Matchbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of matchbox

: a small box for matches

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