snuff·​box ˈsnəf-ˌbäks How to pronounce snuffbox (audio)
: a small box for holding snuff usually carried about the person

Examples of snuffbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Presenting an antique for inspection, Queen Camilla unveiled a snuffbox from the Royal Collection, which impressed Roadshow silver expert Duncan Campbell with its rich history. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2023 When Benjamin Franklin departed as minister to France, King Louis XVI presented him with a snuffbox encrusted with 408 diamonds and inset with the king’s portrait. Craig Whitlock, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022 The group portrait is not the only depiction of Yale to stir dissent at the university, which altogether owns seven paintings of its namesake as well as a snuffbox with his portrait on it. Nancy Kenney, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 Another 20 species there are endangered, including mussels with evocative names such as fluted kidneyshell, snuffbox, birdwing pearlymussel, and shiny pigtoe. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2019 Among them, concerns about the snuffbox mussels halted the construction of a $27 million bridge on Vrooman Road bridge in Lake County. Grant Segall,, 19 Aug. 2019 During every lesson, the prized pupil steals something from Miss Nightingale’s home: a snuffbox, a porcelain swan, a scarf. S. Kirk Walsh, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2018 Few museum visitors have ever handled a marble bust or a gilded snuffbox, but everyone wears clothes. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, The Atlantic, 18 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snuffbox was circa 1673

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“Snuffbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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snuff·​box ˈsnəf-ˌbäks How to pronounce snuffbox (audio)
: a small box for snuff

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