pill·​box | \ˈpil-ˌbäks \

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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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 Eugenie sported a light blue dress topped with a pillbox hat, while Brooksbank opted for dark suit with a light blue tie to match his fianceé. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Relationship," 2 July 2018 Another idea the group plans to incorporate: a smart pillbox that can reveal when someone is, or isn’t, taking their medicine. Shirley S. Wang, WSJ, "For Those With Dementia, Help From Technology," 28 May 2018 Made famous by the reality show Deadliest Catch, there are pillbox fortifications everywhere from when the military was going to make a stand against the Japanese invasion of North America. Mike Coppock, USA TODAY, "Aleutian run: Island-hopping on an Alaskan ferry," 17 Apr. 2018 After the engineers had cleared a path for the assault infantry to advance on the pillboxes, the first heavy equipment to come ashore was the bulldozers. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 The bespoke Gainsbourg dress, pillbox hat, and Valentino pumps drew plenty of Jackie O comparisons — and marked a departure from her memorable look at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie Totally Delivered in This Spring-Ready Floral Dress," 25 May 2018

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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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