adjective Etymology: from the pictures formerly commonly seen on boxes of chocolates Date: 1901 superficially pretty or sentimental

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  • chocolate box — adj [only before noun] BrE informal a chocolate box place looks pretty, but in a way that is false because it seems too perfect ▪ He had grown tired of the chocolate box views …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chocolate-box — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a view or picture) pretty in a trite, conventional way …   English terms dictionary

  • chocolate-box — ˈ ̷ ̷( ̷ ̷) ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective of a painting : superficially pretty or sentimental his fiancée wanted him to paint her, and always in a chocolate box pose L.S.Gannett * * * /chaw keuh lit boks , chok euh , chawk lit , chok /, adj. excessively… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chocolate-box — also chocolate box ADJ GRADED: ADJ n Chocolate box places or images are very pretty but in a boring or conventional way. [BRIT] ...a village of chocolate box timbered houses …   English dictionary

  • chocolate box — a chocolate box place or thing is very attractive in a way that does not seem real. We drove through a series of chocolate box villages on our way down to Brighton. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

  • chocolate-box — /chaw keuh lit boks , chok euh , chawk lit , chok /, adj. excessively decorative and sentimental, as the pictures or designs on some boxes of chocolate candy; prettified: decorous, chocolate box paintings of Victorian garden parties. [1900 05] *… …   Universalium

  • chocolate-box — adjective Having a twee picturesqueness. He painted a chocolate box picture for the Salon, entered it, was admitted …   Wiktionary

  • chocolate box — see chocolate box …   English dictionary

  • chocolate box — adjective (only before noun) BrE informal very pretty, but in a way that seems false or artificial: a chocolate box village …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • chocolate-box — UK / US adjective [only before noun] British very attractive in a way that seems artificial and not very interesting a chocolate box cottage …   English dictionary

  • chocolate-box — choc′olate box adj. cvb excessively decorative and sentimental, like the pictures on some boxes of chocolate candy • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

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