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

Definition of matchbox

: a box for matches

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Pairing it with an elegant matchbox from John Derian makes for the perfect gift. Tanya Moskowitz, WSJ, "Art Director Tanya Moskowitz’s Gift Guide: In the Bag," 18 Dec. 2018 Those looking to start small can do so with a set of matchboxes from The Wing’s e-shop for $3 a pop. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The 25 Best Stocking Stuffers Under $100," 6 Dec. 2018 The original Pulse was actually not a band all, but a clip-on tracker the size of a matchbox that could be attached to a belt or pocket. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Withings’ Pulse HR is a fitness tracker with a 20-day battery life," 14 Nov. 2018 In fact, the wear marks from fire-striking often cut across those flake scars at nearly a right angle, probably because the ridges create a rough, abrasive surface that produces more sparks, a little like the rough side of a matchbox. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals used stone hand axes to strike a light," 26 July 2018 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

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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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