shoe·​box ˈshü-ˌbäks How to pronounce shoebox (audio)
variants or less commonly shoe box
: a box that shoes are sold in
a shoebox full of old photographs
: a small space and especially a small living space
The loft, almost an hour from her house by tube, is a shoebox with 18-foot ceilings, white and blue, with odds and ends of mismatched furniture …Michael Kimmelman
often used before another noun
a shoebox apartment
Since commercial real estate was cheaper, art galleries and Off Off Off Broadway theaters could spring up in shoebox storefronts.James Wolcott

Examples of shoebox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelly visited for a couple of weeks, and brought with him a stack of counterfeit bonds big enough to fill a couple of shoeboxes. Sean Williams, Rolling Stone, 2 Oct. 2023 The collection also featured the latest chapter in the brand’s collaboration with Adidas Originals, here in the form of charming bags tied around the waist and a purse in the shape of a shoebox. Liam Hess, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2023 In our shoebox of a dorm room, Vic’s head crept above the pillows. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2023 In video of the brazen robbery on the station’s site, one robber is seen calmly walking out with a trash bag overflowing with shoeboxes. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2023 Anyone who lives in a shoebox apartment or even has a taste for order or minimalism (à la Marie Kondo) knows the struggle of storing straggler belongings in different nooks and crannies. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 13 June 2023 If the teacher’s system is to collect them all in a shoebox? oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2023 For budding scientists, Ponder suggested fashioning together a solar oven, which can be as simple as a pizza or shoebox wrapped in foil. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2023 This is not the shoebox that comes along with the Nike/Tiffany Air Force 1, to be clear—Highsnobiety reports that only one box was created, and price is available upon request. Louisa Ballhaus, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoebox was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Shoebox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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