1. an area or structure that is smaller in dimensions or size than the standard: It’s easy to hit home runs out of this bandbox. 2. a lightweight box of pasteboard, thin wood, etc., for holding a hat, clerical collars, or other articles of apparel.
But no park fed his baseball soul as heartily as the small bandbox of Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. — Lorenzo Carcaterra, Midnight Angels, 2010
There’s promises there, sir, enough to fill a bandbox with… — William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Pendennis, 1848
The portmanteau bandbox entered English in the 1600s. It originally described a physical box where ruffs or collars, also called “bands” at that time, were stored, though it is currently used in a metaphorical sense.