snuffbox

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n snuffbox a small ornamental box for carrying snuff in your pocket
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Snuffbox A small box for carrying snuff about the person.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snuffbox A box for holding snuff, especially one small enough to be carried in the pocket. When it was customary to take snuff, as in the eighteenth century, a snuff-box was a common present, whether of good will or ceremony. On this account, and for personal display, these boxes were often made of the most costly materials, highly finished portraits were set in their lids, and settings of diamonds or pearls were not unknown. See also cut under niello.
    • n snuffbox A puffball: same as devil's snuff-box (which see, under devil). See also Lycoperdon.
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Usage

In literature:

He half rose, meaning to go round, but the aunt handed him the snuffbox, passing it across Helene's back.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
It's much better than the snuffboxes.
"The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James
He sat down on one of the low forms near Mr. Drever's desk, and took from his waistcoat pocket a large silver snuffbox.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
Playing-cards, snuffboxes, and fringed gloves elbowed a shelf of books, and a full-bottomed wig ogled a lady's headdress of ribbon and malines.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
The first thing I noticed was a gold snuffbox, set with portraits of the king, the queen, and their two children.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
You will then be a Squire, with your cane, your lean-limbed hound, your stocking-leg of specie, and your snuffbox.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
He was shown the sword and snuffbox of General Count de Songis, brother of his paternal grandmother.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
He withdrew a snuffbox from his semi-clerical vest pocket, and thoughtfully tapped it with a forefinger.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Then he takes out his snuffbox and taps it, which is a sign that he is going to say something worth while.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
It took my fancy, for I thought it was a snuffbox.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
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In news:

Rayed bean and snuffbox mussels now endangered.
Rayed bean and snuffbox mussels now endangered.
Antiques Roadshow Des Moines, Hour 2: Appraisal: Russian Lukutin Snuffbox PBS.
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