Definition of snuffbox in English:



  • A small ornamental box for holding snuff.

    • ‘Many were small enough to fit into a watch or snuffbox.’
    • ‘Wise as he is, Dupin had intentionally left his snuffbox at the Minister's apartment, using this as an excuse to return there the next day and continued the conversation they had begun the day before.’
    • ‘The magnificent snuffbox in Plate V, ordered by the Foreign Office in 1821 for presentation to the South American revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar, did not make its way back to Ludgate Hill.’
    • ‘Other rooms are all full of smoking paraphernalia, like cigar labels, snuffboxes, and pipes; ‘feminine’ articles, like handbags, fans, and combs; box-sized cutout paper theaters; and it goes on and on.’
    • ‘As a collector his interests include European silver, gold snuffboxes, enameled portrait miniatures, and Italian mosaics.’
    • ‘After his death in 1789, the great horse's skeleton was mounted at the Royal Veterinary College in London, at least one hoof was turned into a snuffbox, and in several countries there are annual races called the Eclipse Stakes.’
    • ‘If you are not an insider, the Qing Dynasty snuffbox or the old watch might just be an archaized article produced last year.’
    • ‘Their gifts include paper currency, pamphlets, manuscripts, snuffboxes, portrait busts, cartoons, medals, and coverlets, but most notable in terms of volume, prints.’
    • ‘If in the early eighteenth century snuffboxes were little known to the Russians, as the century progressed they made and bought them in notably larger numbers.’
    • ‘He dug into his pocket, pulling out the snuffbox.’
    • ‘Thus do not drop a banknote into the collection plate, but a silk handkerchief or small silver snuffbox.’
    • ‘Another example of the English rococo style is the snuffbox recently promised to the Museum.’
    • ‘Daniel withdrew a small enamel snuffbox from his inner coat pocket and retrieved from it a strip of paper, handing it to his mother.’
    • ‘Or maybe Victorian snuffboxes with naughty watercolors inside the lid are more your speed?’
    • ‘Many of these diplomatic snuffboxes were quickly returned to the firm, which bought them back at reduced cost, adapted them, and sold them again to the original purchasers.’
    • ‘Similarly, when 18th century society was gripped by the snuff craze, valuable gold snuffboxes were an important way for the very wealthy to publicly demonstrate that they were not only highly fashionable, but also incredibly well-off.’
    • ‘In a lengthy codicil of 1854, Carl Mayer had specified as heirlooms for Mayer Carl his ‘Ancient coins and modern medals in my iron chest’ and his collection of cameos, while his antique timepieces and snuffboxes were to be divided by lot.’
    • ‘In 1834, a snuffbox was presented to Thomas Braidwood Wilson, (the township of Braidwood is named after him) for introducing honeybees into Tasmania.’
    • ‘He had them play together, eat grapes, and gave them snuffboxes.’
    • ‘The Tsar gave him a diamond ring, Metternich a gold snuffbox.’