Box Office Definition
Other Word Forms of Box Office
Origin of Box Office
Folk etymology is that this derives from Elizabethan theatre, where theater admission was collected in a box attached to a long stick, passed around the audience. However, first attestation is over a century later (theaters were closed in 1642), making this highly unlikely.
1786, presumably from sales of boxes, box seats (“separated private seating”). Sense of “total sales” from 1904.
So named because it was originally an office for the booking of boxes in a theater
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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