safe-deposit box


Definition of safe-deposit box

: a box (as in the vault of a bank) for safe storage of valuables

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Recent Examples on the Web Dinklage is effective as a ruthless mobster who loves his (maybe) mother and the diamonds in her safe-deposit box. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "You won’t be able to resist 'I Care a Lot'," 19 Feb. 2021 Extremely important papers, insurance, deeds, etc., are in my safe-deposit box. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Peace on Earth," 25 Dec. 2020 After speaking with a conservator, Phelps put acid-free paper between the pages and put it in a safe-deposit box. Ben Simon St. Louis Post-dispatch, Star Tribune, "Family donates 116-year-old diary to historical society," 30 Oct. 2020 Dear Readers: There are some documents, certificates and other valuable items that might be better held in your bank’s safe-deposit box rather than in a shoe box under the bed or in the closet at home. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Items too important to store under the bed," 15 Sep. 2020 Today, the subject is what should stay out of the safe-deposit box. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Think outside the (safe-deposit) box," 22 Sep. 2020 Bad money drives good money out of circulation and into safe-deposit boxes, a fundamental truth worth remembering even if your bank account consists of nothing but digital ones and zeros. James Grant, WSJ, "‘Gresham’s Law’ Review: Queen Elizabeth’s Banker," 20 Mar. 2020 The cards also include helpful reminders such as to not keep your original will in a safe-deposit box, which can be inaccessible upon your death. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Get your financial files in order. Those who may need them later will be grateful.," 19 Feb. 2020 They may be locked in a safe-deposit box, wrapped in tissue in a closet or entombed in a plastic container in a storage unit. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Keepsakes worth keeping: Five families on the artifacts they rescued," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of safe-deposit box

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of safe-deposit box was in 1870

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24 Feb 2021

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“Safe-deposit box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of safe-deposit box

: a strong metal box in a bank that has a lock and that is used to store money or other valuable things

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