pill·​box | \ ˈpil-ˌbäks How to pronounce pillbox (audio) \

Definition of pillbox

1 : a box for pills especially : a shallow round box of pasteboard
2 : a small low concrete emplacement for machine guns and antitank weapons
3 : a small round hat without a brim specifically : a woman's shallow hat with a flat crown and straight sides

Examples of pillbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hiking a little further will bring you to the second pillbox, offering more stunning views of the bright blue Pacific Ocean. Fox News, 9 Apr. 2022 The liquor store was especially sketchy — across the street from a social-services building, with all the itinerancy that that entails — and the cashier sat in the kind of plexiglass pillbox that wasn’t built to keep out the coronavirus. Daniel Foster, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Built like the proverbial German pillbox, the satisfaction of just closing its doors is sufficient reason to own the vehicle. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2021 But perhaps the pillbox wasn’t a bridge abutment, but rather an aboveground overflow tank for the sanitary district. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 24 Oct. 2021 Continuing on the theme of bows, the Chanel bride—personified by actor Margaret Qualley—wore her hair slicked back under a black pillbox hat adorned with a white bow. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 6 July 2021 Hawk personally initiated an assault on five enemy machine gun emplacements, alternately crawling, or dashing forward — firing point-blank into the slits of each pillbox before tossing in the grenades. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 31 May 2021 Sure enough, the concrete pillbox emerged from the greenery soon after. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 9 May 2021 The clerk knitted her brows, but Xiaolei was sheepish and insistent, and at last the woman shrugged and gave her the pen and a piece of thin gray cardboard, the inside of a pillbox, to try it on. Te-ping Chen, The Atlantic, 11 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pillbox

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Apr 2022

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“Pillbox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pillbox. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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