Meaning of pillbox in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɪlbɒks/

Translate pillbox into Spanish


  • 1

    (also pillbox hat)
    A woman's hat with straight sides, a flat top, and no brim.

    ‘The skinny adolescent is dressed to kill in a black sheath dress, gloves and a straw pillbox hat with a veil.’
    • ‘Somewhere along the course of the evening the little pillbox hat had got lost.’
    • ‘She is wearing a simple yet elegant pink traveling gown and a pillbox hat, and is seated at a window seat.’
    • ‘A short veil may be very stylish paired with a classic pillbox hat.’
    • ‘On her head sits a black pillbox hat with a shoulder-length black veil speckled with black velvet dots.’
    • ‘The election of President Kennedy, which installed Jackie Kennedy with her pillbox hat and decorous gloves as a national fashion leader, reinvigorated the industry.’
    • ‘The best I remember was a red wool coat and dress set, trimmed with black mink, with a matching pillbox hat.’
    • ‘Though Oleg Cassini is generally credited with designing Jackie Kennedy's First Lady pillboxes.’
    • ‘She wore one of mother's pillbox hats with netting over her eyes that I'm sure she thought made her look sophisticated but in reality, made her look like Betty Boop.’
    • ‘On the cover, dressed in sheepskin jacket, pillbox hat and yellow T-shirt, he looks much younger than his 20 years.’
    • ‘Most are Ismaili, that most liberal sect of Islam headed by the Aga Khan, so even women were out and about wearing distinctive pillbox hats.’
    • ‘If my grandma Muriel had a twin sister and liked to wear leopard print pillbox hats, I'd try to get her a gig like that.’
    • ‘So I bought Ganesh, about a foot high, gaudily painted in blue and purple, with gold highlights; and a yellow patterned umbrella, shaped like a pillbox hat.’
  • 2A small, partly underground concrete fort used as an outpost.

    ‘Examples of less ambitious fortifications abound, like the concrete pillboxes, often hexagonal, which dot southern England.’
    • ‘Dutch Harbor is an easy two-hour flight from Anchorage, and the area is covered with reminders of the war, from concrete pillboxes to a large, underground hospital.’
    • ‘Concrete pillboxes were constructed above the high tide mark, soldiers occupied some of the cottages along the shore front and guards prevented anyone going on the beach at night.’
    • ‘Concrete pillboxes stand as if abandoned only hours before, huge guns still point to sea covering narrow deepwater channels, and everywhere is the detritus of a vanquished army.’
    • ‘Sandbag-lined bunkers and hastily-constructed concrete pillboxes rose sporadically out of the churned land.’
    • ‘As a member of the Western Front Association, he is currently trying to save a concrete pillbox on Rochdale Road East, not far from Heywood Cemetery.’
    • ‘There is evidence of mine clearing activities, movements of soldiers, bunkers around buildings and military pillboxes perched on the tops of hills.’
    • ‘It has more than two kilometres of trails, a five-acre lake, wartime pillboxes and new woodland.’
    • ‘The observant visitor to the Norfolk coast can hardly fail to notice its abundant Second World War defences, especially pillboxes.’
    • ‘The objective was a ridge with strong points and pillboxes.’
    • ‘We had to use grenades to get at the Germans in the cement pillboxes, throwing them through the holes to knock their guns out.’
    • ‘The mobile Sherman tanks were not as effective because of the rubble, so they would be hidden in buildings to operate like a pillbox.’
    • ‘He almost single-handedly captured two pillboxes on the Mont Fleury Battery and took more than 20 prisoners.’
    • ‘There is a set of features along its entire length - World War II defence emplacements, otherwise known as pillboxes.’
    • ‘The survey looked at buildings, from small pillboxes to aircraft hangars, including an unusual water board supply bunker at Blunsdon.’
    • ‘A better coastal trip is the southern route along to Agrigento, dotted with the pillboxes left behind after the war.’
    • ‘He jumped on top of the pillbox, recharged the magazine, threw a grenade in through the door, fired his Sten gun into the box, killing two Germans and making the remainder prisoners.’
    • ‘When I landed I was carrying a 25-pound explosive which I was given to blow up a pillbox on the beach.’
    • ‘He was dealing with the first part of the events that won him the VC, getting on top of the pillbox and chucking grenades into it.’
    • ‘One first world war pillbox was monitored, as were over 40 second world war examples.’
  • 3A small shallow cylindrical box for holding pills.

    ‘Some people put their pills in a daily pillbox and use alarms to remind themselves to take their medicines.’
    • ‘There are figurines amassed by Christie's father, 20th-century pottery of Anthony's and watches and pillboxes of Christie's.’
    • ‘His face adorns pillowcases, posters, power toys and pillboxes.’
    • ‘The special category winner was Annie May Cullanlou for her hand painted pillbox.’
    • ‘Provide a written dosing schedule, pictures of medications, daily or weekly pillboxes, alarm clocks, pagers, or other reminders.’
    • ‘Medication calendars or pillboxes labeled with the days of the week can help patients and caregivers know when medications have or have not been taken.’
    • ‘He quickly made a mental list of the empty pillboxes he found on the floor.’
    • ‘Try strategies such as organizing your medications for the week in a pillbox, linking your med times to regular events like meals, or marking a calendar when you take your meds.’
    • ‘Never mix two different drugs in the same pillbox.’