Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word sardine box.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Sardines were another high-status food, perhaps because, as one of the first canned foods available, they remained 'exotic.' They were frequently listed in cookbooks as a recommended 'kickshaw' (side dish or relish) during the soup course. Special sardine boxes were manufactured for serving them, often graced with a swimming fish on the sides or as a finial on the lid."

    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 111–112

    April 14, 2010