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

  • n. A small, often decorated box with a hinged lid, used for carrying snuff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small box or container to hold snuff or loose tobacco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small box for carrying snuff about the person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box for holding snuff, especially one small enough to be carried in the pocket. When it was customary to take snuff, as in the eighteenth century, a snuff-box was a common present, whether of good will or ceremony. On this account, and for personal display, these boxes were often made of the most costly materials, highly finished portraits were set in their lids, and settings of diamonds or pearls were not unknown. See also cut under niello.
  • n. A puffball: same as devil's snuff-box (which see, under devil). See also Lycoperdon.

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

  • n. a small ornamental box for carrying snuff in your pocket


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snuff +‎ box


  • The size was "snuffbox," or waistcoat pocket (capacious in 1790, see "School for Scandal," etc.,

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  • Napoleonic Wars hero Horatio Nelson 1758–1805 once owned one of the items, a faux tortoise-shell snuffbox depicting a scene from a seaside Italian town on its lid.

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  • The son of Nelson's secretary, who inherited the snuffbox, thought Nelson had given it to his secretary to show off in front of his new or soon-to-be paramour.

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  • I marveled at the rich photos and detailed copy—and desperately coveted that oval snuffbox with the plumed helmet on the lid.

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  • Saturnino peaches are known as "tabacchiere" (snuffbox) in Italian.

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  • The Frenchman shrugged, removed a snuffbox from the pocket of his fashionable short-tailed jacket, and partook of the powdered tobacco with a noisy snort.

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  • The pocket watch and snuffbox were of no interest to him, although he took them anyway to make it appear that Rosen had been robbed, but the thick wad of the ready Rosen was sporting was enough to keep him in relative comfort for a number of days.


  • He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in the centre of the lid.

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  • I had already found the pile of starched handkerchiefs in the upper left-hand drawer of the desk, alongside an enameled snuffbox.

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  • I put the snuffbox down hastily and stood behind him, peering over his shoulder.

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