Icebox is an old-fashioned word for "refrigerator." Better get those bottles the milkman left on the porch and put them in the icebox — it's hot outside!

Before the invention of electric refrigerators in the early 20th century, people used iceboxes to keep their perishable food chilled. These insulated cabinets evolved from outdoor ice houses, which continued to be useful for storing the ice used in kitchen iceboxes. An "iceman" would deliver fresh ice daily or weekly, and it would remain frozen inside the wooden, metal-lined icebox long enough to keep food safe. Icebox is also used regionally to refer to the modern fridge.

Definitions of icebox
  1. noun
    white goods in which food can be stored at low temperatures
    synonyms: refrigerator
    see moresee less
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    cooler, ice chest
    a refrigerator for cooling liquids
    electric refrigerator, fridge
    a refrigerator in which the coolant is pumped around by an electric motor
    Deepfreeze, deep freezer, deep-freeze, freezer
    electric refrigerator (trade name Deepfreeze) in which food is frozen and stored for long periods of time
    ice machine
    an electric refrigerator to supply ice cubes
    type of:
    white goods
    large electrical home appliances (refrigerators or washing machines etc.) that are typically finished in white enamel
Word Family