strong·​box ˈstrȯŋ-ˌbäks How to pronounce strongbox (audio)
: a strongly made chest or case for money or valuables

Examples of strongbox in a Sentence

keeps her jewelry in a strongbox
Recent Examples on the Web Another artifact reflecting the sharp divides between rich and poor is an elaborate 800-pound steel strongbox that would have been used to store money—a great deal of it—in the home. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 Today the sacred strongbox largely is in the hands of the cultural Left. John D. Hagen, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 By August 3, Bitcoin had rebounded by 15% to $23,300, raising the value of MicroStrategy’s strongbox by around $400 million. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 Keep in mind that right now, its Bitcoin strongbox is worth just $700 million or so more than its debt. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 By the time the duke and a boat containing his strongbox of memoirs and political documents were loaded, only one other boat was able to escape. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 June 2022 Police were called and found that two rings were missing from the master closet, where a strongbox had been moved and pried open. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 30 Jan. 2020 An audit was carried out and discovered Bisher was writing checks to herself from the company’s strongbox. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, 5 May 2018 In Aldrich’s film, the quest is for a strongbox containing plutonium that emits a blinding white light when opened and ultimately unleashes a nuclear holocaust that concludes the movie. Jonathan Rosenbaum, Slate Magazine, 24 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strongbox was in 1684

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“Strongbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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strong·​box ˈstrȯŋ-ˌbäks How to pronounce strongbox (audio)
: a strongly made container for money or valuables
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