Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A box in which to keep matches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small cardboard box in which matches are kept.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a box for holding matches. See first match, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box for holding matches.
  • n. Milit., same as match-pipe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a box for holding matches

Etymologies

match +‎ box (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The opinion of this report on what is currently taking place in Zimbabwe might be called matchbox rattling.

    Zimbabwe's ‘Hard Road to Reform’ Report

  • Both women enter the hut, and coarse hands unused to dealing with small articles tremblingly lift the lid of a matchbox, which is a rarity in the Caucasus.

    The Cossacks

  • Inside the matchbox was a cricket that proceeded to chirp at me.

    COMIXTALK

  • Oh and you'll have to forgive me for this, but what kind of matchbox does your poor lady drive that she can't get to work if there's 2, maybe 3 inches of snow on the driveway, as evidenced by the picture?

    Deep Snow and Happy Trout

  • Nearly every Soweto tour includes a visit to the small "matchbox" house in the Orlando East neighborhood where Mandela lived briefly with his second wife, Winnie, while working as a lawyer in Johannesburg.

    Turning History Into Tourism

  • The prices of these "matchbox" houses were even beyond the reach of the intended beneficiaries.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Seen from a distance, Soweto is utterly lacking in green; the tiny "matchbox" houses that march in rigid rows all the way to the horizon are a monochromatic brown.

    The Struggle to Govern Johannesburg

  • Soweto has no attractions to speak of: It is home to nearly 3.5 million blacks, most of whom live in identical "matchbox" style houses on each side of roads stretching for miles.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • His pitifully thin body lay in a pool of congealed blood on the floor of a four-room "matchbox" house, his head twisted to the side, his face locked in a grimace.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • However, only ration card holders are eligible to purchase food items and other small items such as matchbox, soaps, detergents etc.

    The Hindu - Front Page

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