strong·​box | \ ˈstrȯŋ-ˌbäks How to pronounce strongbox (audio) \

Definition of strongbox

: a strongly made chest or case for money or valuables

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Examples of strongbox in a Sentence

keeps her jewelry in a strongbox
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Con-men create diversions to burglarize elderly couple’s home: Orange Police Blotter," 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, "Woman facing life in prison for $1.2M embezzlement kills herself in front of Walmart," 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, "How Paranoia Infiltrated the Movies," 24 May 2017 Jewelry, coins, wall paintings, sculptures, and other everyday items, as well as an ornate gilded strongbox, reveal the dramatic class distinctions of citizens in the ancient world. Robert Lerose, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ancient class distinctions displayed in Rome exhibit," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of strongbox

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 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of strongbox

: a box that is usually made of metal, that can be locked, and that is used to keep money or valuable things

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