Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An insulated chest or box into which ice is placed, used for cooling and preserving food.
  • n. A refrigerator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A compartment in a refrigerator that is colder than the rest of the refrigerator and is used as a freezer.
  • adj. agreeable, awesome. (as a superlative of cool)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. white goods in which food can be stored at low temperatures

Etymologies

From ice +‎ box. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I started two days ago, emptying and filling the tray again - not continuously, just when I had the chance - and now my icebox is full of cute and slightly menacing Halloween ice cubes!

    Bone Chilling Ice Cubes | Baking Bites

  • The icebox was a refrigerator that looked almost the same as the one at Justin's house back in the home timeline, except that one wasn't pink.

    The Disunited States of America

  • Even what's referred to as the icebox of the nation, International Falls, had its warmest March ever.

    The Fergus Falls Daily Journal

  • It may be too late to sway your vote for the presidential election, but Philadelphia Sculptors, a local coalition of artists, has put this show together in the Crane Arts Building in a room ironically called the icebox to bring consciousness to the topic in a new and profound way.

    The Temple News

  • Maybe this is just a sign of my middle age, but I still use terms like "icebox" even though the thing in the kitchen that keeps food cold isn't technically a box with a block of ice in the top.

    Question of the Day

  • The example they used was the old fashioned "icebox".

    To E-book or not E-book?

  • Then the Chairman turns to something truly important: the freezing cold temperatures in our "icebox," noting correctly that we are cheering the fact that the AC here is crapped out.

    Doug Kendall: Liveblogging the Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing (Day 3)

  • I get funny looks if I say "icebox" for refrigerator; I don't know if that's a dialect difference or a generational difference.

    October 17th, 2007

  • Zundfolge: My father called the refrigerator the "icebox" and his stereo system the "vic" short for Victrola.

    Use Tinfoil To Boost Your Remote Control’s Range | Lifehacker Australia

  • Beitelheim, the esteemed but scumbaggy child psychiatrist believed that autism was caused by "icebox" mothers.

    Savage autism.

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  • In your offhand, mocking way
    you've invited me into your chest.
    Inside: the blur that poses as your heart.
    I'm supposed to go in with a torch
    or maybe hot water bottles
    & defrost it by hand
    as one defrosts an old refrigerator.
    It will shudder & sigh
    (the icebox to the insomniac).

    - Erica Mann Jong, 'Climbing You'.

    August 11, 2008