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

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The Duchess pulled off a full outfit change in between the two, swapping a bespoke Erdem look for a white coat and Victoria Beckham dress, topped with a stylish pillbox hat. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Doesn't Have Any More Official Engagements Planned Before Her Maternity Leave," 14 Mar. 2019 Later this afternoon, Meghan switched from her green coat into a white ensemble complete with a pillbox hat, a fashion staple that gained favor with Jackie Onassis Kennedy and Princess Diana. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Received The Cutest Gifts For Baby Sussex," 11 Mar. 2019 Among the throngs of well-heeled, young-to-early-middle-aged women dressed fashionably yet sensibly for the chilly weather are a handful wearing pink suits and pillbox hats in homage to Elle Woods. Zoë Ghertner, Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon: Activist, Advocate, Hollywood’s Moral Compass," 10 Jan. 2019 Halston originally began working as a milliner, rising to fame after designing the pillbox hat that Jacqueline Kennedy wore for the 1961 Presidential Inauguration of her husband John F. Kennedy. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ewan McGregor is Set to Play Halston in New TV Series," 3 Jan. 2019 If ’50s style seems outdated and anti-feminist in comparison, a few hit TV shows have managed to align power dressing with pillbox hats and nipped-waist dresses. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Most Stylish Movies and TV Shows of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 There’s an oh-so-English affect to the staffers guiding visitors from the station to the entrance, kitted out in scarlet red capes and pillbox hats like flunkies on loan from Buckingham Palace. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 Pink tweeds, pillbox hat, tiaras to spare: Claire’s gone full method. Vogue, "Watch Claire Foy Get In Touch With Her Wild Side," 10 Oct. 2018 Behind this maze of beach defenses were pillboxes; farther back, heavy artillery. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of pillbox

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pillbox

: a small box for holding pills
: a small, low shelter for machine guns and other weapons
: a small, round hat without a brim

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