match·box | \-ˌbäks \

Definition of matchbox 

: a box for matches

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If your room isn’t the size of a matchbox and can handle a larger fixture, go all in with a big chandelier or statement pendant to bring in not only a lot of light, but also impact to a seemingly drab room. Marlen Komar, Curbed, "9 ways to brighten a dark room," 26 June 2018 Since 1991, this rousing show has been winning awards and fans by making music with everything from matchboxes and Zippo lighters to push brooms and shopping carts. Karen Campbell,, "It’s all about the beat for these two shows," 12 Apr. 2018 By the 1980s, these dense rows of matchbox houses made of wood scraps, concrete blocks and thin slate roofs occupied virtually every available piece of public land on hillsides or near water sources within the city’s boundaries. Washington Post, "Evictees from SKorea’s 1st Olympics recall harsh clearings," 10 Mar. 2018 Born on March 30, 1926, Kamprad was a precocious entrepreneur who sold matchboxes to neighbors from his bicycle. Karl Ritter, Popular Mechanics, "Ikea Founder Ingvar Kamprad Dies at 91," 28 Jan. 2018 This whistle packs in a signal mirror, compass, matchbox and fire-starter flint. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Outlast zombies, or an actual disaster, with 10 cool items from the Indy survival expo," 9 Dec. 2017 Another classic, Mattel's (NASDAQ: MAT) Hot Wheels continues to ring up sales with matchbox cars, track sets, collector items, and video games. Jeremy Bowman, USA TODAY, "Gotta buy 'em all! The best-selling toys of 2017 -- so far," 24 Oct. 2017 With its latest satellite launch, Japan is taking a leap in technology to keep its self-driving cars in their highway lanes, land delivery drones on matchbox-sized targets in the country, and potentially help destroy North Korean missile sites. Alastair Gale And Chieko Tsuneoka, WSJ, "Japan’s New Satellite to Help Keep Self-Driving Cars—and North Korea—In Line," 9 Oct. 2017 Splashes of color throughout the upstairs dining room are made that much more vibrant by the matchbox size of the space. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "El Mundo's 'controlled chaos' is worth the delicious wait | Review," 30 Aug. 2017

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of matchbox

: a small box for matches

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