from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box or inclosed compartment on the side of the stage in a theater.


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  • Compact Enchantress, helped in by Zamiel (whom the stars confound!), gives us her charming little side-box look, and smites me to the core.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • At a part of the dialogue between Lady Randolph and her son, one of the grenadiers on guard on each side of the stage, as the custom of those days was, could not restrain his tears, and was visibly weeping before the side-box.

    The Virginians

  • Such a head in a side-box at the play-house would draw as many gazers as my Lady Mayoress at a City Ball.

    She Stoops to Conquer

  • And to try his generosity, when the door-keeper came into the side-box for money, I seemed in a great fright and said I had left my purse at home.

    The Beau Defeated: or, The Lucky Younger Brother

  • Who did that worthy lord my brother, single out of the side-box to sup with him t 'other night?

    The Beaux-Stratagem

  • Or be obliged to sneak into the side-box, and between both houses steal two acts of a play, and because we han't money to see the other three, we come away discontented, and damn the whole five.

    The Beaux-Stratagem

  • In one of his reveries, however, it fell from the side-box, where he was sitting, into the pit, where a wag, who picked it up, hoisted it upon the end of a stick, that it might be claimed by its rightful proprietor.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 341, November 15, 1828

  • At the end of the orchestra and betwixt that and the first side-box there is a small esplanade left, where, when the house is full, numbers of all ranks take sanctuary.

    37. The Dwarf. Paris

  • Isn’t she a fair-haired woman who has a side-box at the Opéra?

    Paras. 400–499

  • They laughed and wept and swore with delight, -- all save the Spaniard, who was ever like a thundercloud, and Paradise, who only smiled like some languid, side-box lord.

    To Have and to Hold


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