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[chaw-kuh-lit-boks, chok-uh-, chawk-lit-, chok-] /ˈtʃɔ kə lɪtˌbɒks, ˈtʃɒk ə-, ˈtʃɔk lɪt-, ˈtʃɒk-/
excessively decorative and sentimental, as the pictures or designs on some boxes of chocolate candy; prettified:
decorous, chocolate-box paintings of Victorian garden parties.
Origin of chocolate-box
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chocolate-box
Historical Examples
  • Like that, like that, at any rate, she no longer looked like the picture on a chocolate-box.

    The Twilight of the Souls

    Louis Couperus
  • No, mark you, he'd take jolly good care that his sentimentality didn't make him see her as a chocolate-box picture!

    The Twilight of the Souls

    Louis Couperus
  • My romance was not in the things of glitter and chocolate-box gaiety, but rather in the dolours and silences of the East.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • Not strictly beautiful, perhaps; but then I don't like the chocolate-box sort of woman.

British Dictionary definitions for chocolate-box


(modifier) (informal) sentimentally pretty or appealing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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