music box

noun

Definition of music box 

: a container enclosing an apparatus that reproduces music mechanically when activated by a clockwork

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The tinny music in the music box is the theme from Swan Lake -- a ballet where the heroine is imprisoned in the body of a swan, stripped of her identity. Rena Gross, Billboard, "10 Surprises From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 8 'Women's Work'," 6 June 2018 Ironically, the device wasn't much different from the music box Lamarr had torn apart as a child or the player-piano rolls Antheil had manipulated as an avant-garde musician. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Jane Goodall and Hedy Lamarr: Bold, beautiful, and brilliantly unschooled," 18 Jan. 2018 Talking of clichés: a ballerina music box charged with symbolic power? The Atlantic, "Westworld: Who Cares About the Man in Black?," 17 June 2018 Zimmerman would call and play recordings of police sirens, music boxes and the speeding tick-tock sound effect time bombs make in movies, Warren said. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Judge denies restraining order against George Zimmerman sought by private investigator," 14 May 2018 His hair has been worn thin after years of petting and moths, but his Swiss music box still works. WSJ, "Jane Goodall’s Young Crush on Tarzan and the Childhood House She Still Calls Home," 3 Oct. 2017 And the incorporation of a music box melody to add to the evocative lyrics? Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Kelly Clarkson's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 13 Sep. 2017 On its daily rounds the V12 is barely audible, a soft silver chiming that belongs in a music box. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Mercedes-Maybach S650: Chauffeur Optional," 19 Dec. 2017 Around him, overflowing the studio shelves, were his muses: busts of Laurel and Hardy, dolls of Popeye and Allen Ginsberg; photos of Lenny Bruce; a music box that played Karlheinz Stockhausen, given to him by Frank Zappa. John Leland, New York Times, "Hal Willner’s Vanishing, Weird New York," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of music box

1827, in the meaning defined above

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music box

noun

English Language Learners Definition of music box

: a box that contains a device which plays a tune when the box is open

music box

noun

Kids Definition of music box

: a box that contains a mechanical device which uses gears like those of a clock to play a tune when the box is open

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