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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.’
- 1.1dated 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.’
Mid 17th century: from band + box, the box being used originally for neckbands.
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