Definition of bandbox in US English:



  • A cardboard box, typically circular, for carrying hats.

    • ‘On top are two charming bandboxes, the utilitarian product of New Hampshire mill towns, about 1830.’
    • ‘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.’


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