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matchbox (n.)

also match-box, 1786, "box for holding matches," from match (n.1) + box (n.). The line of metal toy cars (sold in small boxes that resembled matchboxes) by Lesney Products dates to 1953.

updated on December 04, 2018

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Definitions of matchbox from WordNet

matchbox (n.)
a box for holding matches;
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