Definition of dispatch box in US English:

dispatch box

(also dispatch case)


  • A container for dispatches, especially official state or military documents.

    • ‘When the Reichstag reassembled, Papen appeared with the red dispatch box which traditionally contained the the orders of dissolution under his arm.’
    • ‘‘Under the tubes, we have these dispatch boxes’ - he points at a row of rounded hinged doors, each bearing a brass plate identifying its dedicated client.’
    • ‘He carried in his left hand a small black, leather dispatch box, and it was noticed by a sharp-eyed clerk in the Central office that this box was fastened to his wrist by a strap.’
    • ‘She is in her seventies now, an age when most people would be enjoying their retirement, yet she carries on her public duties and receives her red dispatch boxes every day of the year.’
    • ‘Victoria doubted her son's discretion and not until 1892, when he was over 50, was he entrusted with the ‘golden key’ to Albert's dispatch boxes.’
    • ‘I suggested that such categorization could lead to useful identification of the contents of 33 dispatch cases, thereby resulting in a further and better affidavit of documents that would expedite the passing of accounts.’
    • ‘He was not a typical tin-man or window salesman, wearing a cheap suit and tie and carrying a dispatch case full of samples.’
    • ‘Moving inside, he began to gather the papers he had been working on and placed them into a leather dispatch case.’
    • ‘Kydd went below to find his dispatch case, given to him by Keith’s aide.’


dispatch box

/dəˈspætʃ ˈˌbɑks//dəˈspaCH ˈˌbäks/