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A box in which to keep matches.


a small box for holding matches



a small box for matches.
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Noun1.matchbox - a box for holding matchesmatchbox - a box for holding matches    
box - a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; "he rummaged through a box of spare parts"
عُلْبة الكبريت، عُلْبَة عيدان الثَّقاب
krabička zápalek
škatuľka zápaliek
škatlica za vžigalice
kibrit kutusu


[ˈmætʃbɒks] Ncaja f de fósforos or cerillas


[ˈmætʃbɒks] nboîte f d'allumettes


[ˈmætʃˌbɒks] nscatola di fiammiferi


(mӕtʃ) noun
a short piece of wood or other material tipped with a substance that catches fire when rubbed against a rough or specially-prepared surface. He struck a match.
ˈmatchbox noun
a box for holding matches.
References in classic literature ?
To my exceeding joy he stamped his little foot, and was so naughty that, in gratitude, I gave him five minutes with a matchbox.
He was about to throw away the matchbox too, but checked the movement of his hand and put the box in his pocket instead.
He would fetch a man a mile to ring a bell a yard off--if it would summon another man three miles to fetch a matchbox three yards off.
My dear Dorian," answered Lord Henry, taking a cigarette from his case and producing a gold-latten matchbox, "the only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.
Then he fumbled in his bag, and taking out a matchbox and a piece of candle, proceeded to make a light.
With writing it seems to me there's so much"--she paused for an expression, and rubbed her fingers in the earth--"scratching on the matchbox.
But directly he added with an appearance of simplicity, "The side of your iron ship would have been crushed in like- like this matchbox.
He extended his hand to put back the matchbox in its corner of the shelf.
There was a gold watch, for one thing, with a chain and locket; there was a silver pencil, and a matchbox, and a handful of small change, and finally a cardcase.
Entering the other, he felt all over his table for the matchbox.
But, when electric slot racing systems like Scalextric came along, with cars that could actually be driven around a track, the humble Matchbox car began to look less than glamorous.
Matchbox factories became less relevant and the importer or merchant became more prominent.