Definition of bandbox in English:

bandbox

noun

  • 1A circular cardboard box for carrying hats.

    • ‘The bandboxes illustrate another use wallpapers were often put to.’
    • ‘The Shakers are renowned for the simplicity and clarity of line in all their tools, from bandboxes to chairs to harvesting blades.’
    • ‘Wallpapers decorated more than walls in earlier times, so examples in the collection were found lining trunks, covering pamphlets and bandboxes, and decorating fireboards.’
    • ‘On top are two charming bandboxes, the utilitarian product of New Hampshire mill towns, about 1830.’
    1. 1.1dated Used in comparisons to convey the smartness and neatness of someone's appearance.
      ‘I'd go out looking fresh out of a bandbox’
      • ‘After flowering they can be lifted and replaced with summer bedding, but to keep the bandbox appearance stick to flowers of one colour.’
      • ‘Bertram looks like he stepped out of the proverbial bandbox, with a tuxedo that fits his athletic frame perfectly, and a silk shirt that shows off his brown-black eyes and deep, dimpled smile.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from band + box, the box being used originally for neckbands.

Pronunciation

bandbox

/ˈban(d)bɒks/