shoe·​box | \ ˈshü-ˌbäks How to pronounce shoebox (audio) \
variants: or less commonly shoe box

Definition of shoebox

1 : a box that shoes are sold in a shoebox full of old photographs
2 : 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 apartmentSince commercial real estate was cheaper, art galleries and Off Off Off Broadway theaters could spring up in shoebox storefronts.— James Wolcott

First Known Use of shoebox

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shoebox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shoebox

: a box that shoes are sold in
: a very small home, apartment, room, etc.

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